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Learn How to Treat Asthma

There is no cure for asthma, but there is a way to treat it. Every person with asthma is different, so your doctor will make a plan of action just for you. Your plan will teach you about asthma triggers and asthma medicine. This will help you control your asthma symptoms and have a normal life. 


Know Your Asthma Medicine

There are two kinds of asthma medicine.

  • A control medicine is for every day and keeps the airways from swelling. It does not work fast.

  • Relief medicine is for when you have asthma symptoms. It should work fast. Have this medicine with you when you leave home.

Talk to your doctor if you cannot afford your medicine.

Learn more about asthma medicine.


Know Your Asthma Triggers

The best way to limit asthma symptoms is to stay away from your asthma triggers. Talk to your doctor about your triggers and the best way to stay away from them.  Pet dander, dust mites, pollen and mold are allergens. Allergens are triggers. They cause symptoms for some people with asthma. Other triggers are smoke, pollution, and cold air. They cause asthma symptoms too.

Asthma Action Plan

You and your doctor write an Asthma Action Plan together.  It is a written plan that will help you stay away from triggers and take medicine to control your asthma symptoms.  Learn more about an Asthma Action Plan. Always keep a copy with you.


Asthma Control Test:

The Asthma Control Test (ACT) has questions for a person with asthma. Take the ACT and see if your asthma is under control. Share the results with your doctor.


Page Updated: 12/7/2017