Living with asthma

Woman using inhaler More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from asthma, the lung disease caused by narrow or blocked airways. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath and trouble breathing.

Asthma cannot be cured, but is manageable with the right treatment. Knowing what triggers your asthma can help keep your symptoms under control. Common triggers include:

  • Cold air
  • Perfumes and other strong smells
  • Smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pollution

Figure out what things make your asthma worse and do your best to avoid them.

Medication is one of the best ways to treat an asthma attack. There are two main types: long-term-control and quick-relief. The long-term-control medicines control asthma by reducing inflammation. They are taken everyday. The quick-relief medicines relax and open your airways at the first sign of an attack. Discuss treatment options with your doctor to keep your asthma under control.

Learn more about Using an Asthma Action Plan in our Health Encyclopedia.

* Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.