Asthma

This information is useful for children and adults
asthma
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We offer biologic therapies for people with moderate to severe asthma.
  • Our doctors conduct leading-edge asthma research.
  • Our patients often take part in clinical trials to test new treatments.

Taking in that first, deep breath of the warm air each spring or catching your breath after running to make a train are things most of us take for granted. But for the 26 million Americans who have asthma, breathing can be a constant struggle.

Yale Medicine's team of doctors and researchers work with asthma patients to find the most up-to-date, personalized treatment to help them breathe easier every day.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects children and adults.

“It’s like having a rash on your skin, with redness and swelling, but instead of it being on your skin, it’s inside your airways, which are lined with cells similar to the ones that make up your skin,” says Geoffrey Lowell Chupp, MD, director of Yale Medicine’s Asthma & Airways Program.

When the cells become inflamed, extra mucus is produced and the smooth muscle cells around the airway get irritated and go into spasm. The airways are particularly sensitive to common irritants, allergens and viruses.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.