Asthma is a serious chronic lung disease where the airways are always somewhat inflamed. During episodes or attacks, they become increasingly inflamed, often in response to specific triggers.
Making Your Own Healthcare Decisions
At some point, everyone must start to make decisions about their own healthcare. Where your parent may have made the decisions in the past, anyone who moves out on their own will have to take control, which includes:
- Scheduling your own doctor’s appointments
- Refilling your prescriptions
- Seeking help from the nearest healthcare provider when needed
Whether you are transitioning from pediatric asthma care or you have been recently diagnosed with adult-onset asthma, it is important to learn and implement asthma self-management skills.
The steps listed above may vary slightly depending on the type of asthma you have. If you do not know what type of asthma you have you can work with your healthcare provider to learn more about your specific asthma and create a management plan that works best for you.
Resources and Programs
The Lung Association has a number of tools to help you manage your asthma so you can continue to live a healthy, normal life. Below are a few resources you can use to assist you in managing your asthma.
My Asthma Control Assessment
Asthma Action Plan
Breathe Well, Live Well
Pathway to Managing your Asthma
4 Steps for Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Asthma Care
The Cost of Managing Asthma
Page last updated: April 18, 2023