asthma action plan

Completed Asthma Action Plans help improve asthma self-management.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can be successfully controlled with proper care and management. Common symptoms include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath. People with asthma can successfully manage their asthma to stay healthy and lead fully active lives:

  • Complete an Asthma Action Plan with your doctor and follow it: Planned visits with your health care provider are the best way to review whether or not your asthma is under control and modify treatment if necessary. Work with your provider to maintain an updated and current Asthma Action Plan that you can use to better manage your asthma.
  • Know your symptoms and take medications as prescribed to control them: Asthma symptoms vary from person to person—know yours. Inhaled corticosteroids are the most effective medications to manage persistent asthma—take them and other medications as prescribed.
  • Know your triggers and take steps to avoid them: Like asthma symptoms, asthma triggers vary from person to person. Know what triggers make your asthma worse—is it dust? Mold? tobacco smoke? cold air? pet dander? stress?—and take steps to avoid them.
  • Take steps to manage other important aspects of your health: Flu, tobacco and overweight or obesity are no friends of asthma. Get a yearly flu shot, avoid all tobacco smoke, and maintain a healthy weight to control your asthma better.

Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Creating Healthy Indoor Environment in Schools

National Heart Lung Blood Institute

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Environmental Protection Agency

National Jewish Hospital

American Lung Association

Breathe New Hampshire

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Tools

Asthma Care Management Plans

Tools to Manage Asthma

Asthma: Lifestyle Management - National Jewish Health

Take Control of Your Asthma - American Lung Association

Questions About Lung Health?


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Footnotes

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

2 U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Population Finder, 2010 Demographic Profile for New Hampshire.

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