Asthma makes it hard to breathe, and causes wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. People with mild asthma have attacks that are a minor annoyance. For some people, especially children, asthma attacks can be much worse, even requiring hospitalization.
Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Asthma attacks can be avoided by taking medicine exactly as the doctor or other medical professional says and by avoiding triggers that can cause an attack.
What you should do to control asthma
Know and avoid asthma triggers more
- Take all asthma medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Work with a doctor to develop an Asthma Action Plan which will tell you which medicines should be used depending on how bad the symptoms and identify individual triggers.
What we do
- Help people with asthma, and the parents of children with asthma, people reduce their asthma symptoms; more
- Track asthma rates and determine who is most at-risk for asthma; more
- Convene theAsthma Control Coalition to advise on, advocate for, and participate in, activities which address asthma.