Health Management

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways causing wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Because asthma often changes over time, it's important that you work with your doctor to track you symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.

Asthma symptoms range from minor to severe and vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

Many things can trigger asthma or worsen your symptoms. Your doctor can help you figure out what things may cause your asthma to flare up and how to avoid or lessen your exposure to them.

Asthma Triggers can include:

There are two basic kinds of medication for treating asthma:

It is important that you understand the difference between the two types of drugs and when to use them. Talk to your doctor or Judy O'Meara if you have any questions.

How your benefits can work for you:

For more information on asthma click on the links below. These websites contain important information to help you better understand and treat your asthma.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001196/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma/DS00021

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