Asthma Disease Management Program
Our asthma program provides facts and resources to help members with asthma feel their best. Members may receive the following:
- Materials and resources about asthma self-management
- Tools for controlling and preventing asthma attacks
- Nurse Case Management services if needed
I have Asthma. What can I do?
The best thing you can do is –
- Learn as much as you can about asthma
- Stay informed about the steps you can take to reduce flare-ups (“asthma attacks”)
- understand what you can do to help reduce your risk of developing complications
Monitor and Manage Asthma Symptoms
It is important to monitor how you are doing. You can determine how well your asthma is controlled by taking the Asthma Control Test. It’s quick and easy to take and you get the results quickly. Ask your doctor or nurse about the Asthma Control Test.
Avoid Asthma Triggers
An asthma trigger is something which causes asthma symptoms. Triggers may vary from person to person. The following are some common asthma triggers –
- Tobacco smoke – Quit if you smoke. Avoid second hand smoke
- Dust mites
- Animal dander
- Vacuum cleaning – use a dust mask or ask someone else to vacuum
- Indoor mold
- Pollen and outdoor mold
- Smoke, strong odors and sprays
- Exercise or sports – consult with your doctor or nurse to learn how to stay active
- Other things such as: Sulfites in food (check labels) and cold air (cover nose / mouth)
Use Asthma Medications Correctly
It is important to know about your medications so that you –
- Take the right medicine in the right way.
- Use your inhalers or other tools the right way and know how to take care of them.
- Contact your doctor or nurse if your medicine is not working like it used to.
Types of Asthma Medicine
- Controller: These medicines help control your asthma every day. They prevent, reduce, and reverse swelling in airways. They are taken daily even when you feel well.
- Quick Relief: These medicines quickly open your airways and last just a few hours. Usually, they are inhalers. If you use your quick-relief inhaler often (more than several times per week) you might need a different controller medicine.
Have an Asthma Action Plan
Develop an Asthma Action Plan with your doctor or nurse. A written asthma action plan is recommended for people who:
- Have moderate or severe persistent asthma,
- a history of severe flare ups,
- or poorly controlled asthma.
An asthma action plan includes instructions to follow every day. It will tell you how to manage asthma symptoms. This is important if your asthma is getting worse. It will also tell you what to do if you need immediate medical care.
Learn More about Asthma
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NHLBI / NIH)
- American Lung Association
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This web page was updated on March 26, 2019.