Five Important Things to Know About Asthma

If you have asthma, here are five important things you should know: 

  1. You can control your asthma. 
    • You don’t need to miss school, sports or other activities.
  2. Asthma is a disease that makes the airways in your lungs inflamed and swollen.
    • During an asthma flare-up (attack), your airways are swollen and sensitive.
    • You can control the swelling with medicine and by staying away from things that bother your airways. 
  3. Things that bother your airways are called "triggers."
    • "Triggers" cause asthma flare-ups.
    • Smoke, pollen, dust and exercise can be triggers.
    • Every person with asthma has different triggers.
    • Learn how to avoid your triggers and prevent flare-ups.
    • Taking medicine before exercise can help prevent your asthma from flaring up.
  4. Work with your doctor to manage your asthma.
    • Know what to do every day to avoid flare-ups.
    • Know what to do right away if you have a flare-up.
  5. If someone you care for or live with has asthma, don’t smoke.
    • Smoke is a common trigger and can cause asthma to flare up.
    • Tufts Health Plan can help you quit smoking by connecting you to a stop-smoking program.

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