Once your healthcare provider has diagnosed you with asthma and you understand what it means to have asthma, it's time to find out what you can do to manage the disease. Here are six steps you can take to keep your asthma under control.
- Step 1: Make Your Medical Visits More Productive
There are a number of resources available to help you ask the right questions about asthma management and treatment the next time you see your healthcare provider.
- Step 2: Create an Asthma Management Plan
Learn how to develop a plan with your healthcare provider that includes key information on managing your asthma.
- Step 3: Assess and Monitor Your Control
Common asthma symptoms can include a cough, tight feeling in your chest, wheezing, activity limitation and feeling tired. Keeping track of your symptoms will help you stay in control.
- Step 4: Understand Your Medication
There are a variety of medicines available to treat asthma. Each person's asthma is different and your doctor and healthcare team will work with you to set up a personalized plan.
- Step 5: Reduce Asthma Triggers
Identify your asthma triggers and learn simple ways to limit your exposure or avoid them all together.
- Step 6: Learn Asthma Self-Management Skills
Learn more about asthma, including our asthma basics online course and what is asthma animation.
For Parents of Children with Asthma
Having a child with asthma can be a very scary thing. Fortunately, you are not alone. There are many resources and tools to help your child make lifestyle changes and help control their asthma to enjoy a full and active life. Learn more about helping your child with asthma.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed May 27, 2018.