Living with Asthma
Asthma can be diagnosed at any time in one's life. While there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed by working with a healthcare provider to develop a plan to avoid asthma triggers and use medication properly. Asthma is a chronic disease that is episodic, meaning that it can come and go. The good news is that you can find support to help you manage your asthma and create asthma-friendly environments so you can be active and healthy.
Get tips and tools to help you take control of your asthma. Create a management plan to track your medication and healthcare needs, learn about reducing asthma triggers and get advice on working with your doctors and caregivers.
Creating Asthma-friendly Environments
Make sure the places you visit most often do not increase your chances of an asthma emergency. Find out what you, your family and your coworkers can do to create asthma-friendly environments.
An important part of living with asthma is finding the right support, both for patients and caregivers.
With asthma, you are at greater risk for serious complications from influenza (flu) and pneumonia. To protect yourself against the flu you should be immunized every year. The seasonal flu virus changes slightly every year and that is why it is important for you to get vaccinated every season. See where you can get the flu vaccine. There are two pneumonia vaccines. The Pneumovax 23 vaccine is important to get at least once, and sometimes a booster shot is recommended. Prevnar 13 is recommended for older adults. Ask your healthcare provider if it is time for your pneumonia shot.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed June 5, 2018.