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What You and Your Health Care Provider Can Do for Your Asthma

Good health comes from teamwork. Your health care provider can prescribe asthma medicine. But it's your job to take it just like your provider tells you to.

Tell your provider if you have any risk factors for asthma. These can include allergies, skin problems such as eczema or a family history of asthma. Other risk factors include:

  • Being overweight.
  • Smoking.
  • Being around secondhand smoke.
  • Being near exhaust fumes or other pollution.
  • Triggers at work, such as chemicals used in farming, hairdressing and factory work.
  • Having a mother who smoked while she was pregnant.
  • Low birth weight.

Take your asthma medicines exactly as your provider tells you. Avoid things that can cause an attack. And remember: You can control your asthma.

Ask your health care provider to help you make your own asthma action plan. And then follow it! Decide who else should have a copy of your plan in case of an emergency and where he or she should keep it.

The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) American Lung Association, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the New Mexico Department of Health. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to most adults. This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor as a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

For more information on this complex health issue, please see the Asthma Links page for resources and sources of information.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico