Managing asthma with Shared Decision Making

Managing your asthma can be a challenge. Knowing your options and getting the support you need to achieve that goal may include others that contribute to your care. Join the American Lung Association for our upcoming webcast to learn more about partnering with your health care team and resources available to manage your asthma.

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. Asthma in no longer thought of as a single disease and the management steps may vary slightly depending on the type of asthma that you have. There are four known types of asthma. By working with your doctor, you can learn about the type of asthma that you have and the best treatment options available to treat that type of asthma.

Here are six steps you can take to keep your asthma under control.

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.

Asthma and Other Health Conditions

Many people with asthma also have allergies, but there are other common health conditions that can occur at the same time. When you have multiple health conditions, it important that each member of your healthcare team know about all of your diseases, so they can find the best treatment options for you. Learn more about other common health conditions and the impact that they can have on asthma symptoms and management.

If you have asthma and smoke, make a plan to quit. The American Lung Association can help. Learn more about smoking and asthma.

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: July 15, 2021

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