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Why You Need to Treat Asthma

Controlling your asthma can lead to:

  • More peaceful sleep.
  • Fewer missed work or school days.
  • Being able to do more sports and other activities.
  • Fewer or no hospital or emergency room visits.

Asthma is a long-term disease that needs long-term care. A severe asthma episode can land you in the hospital. Treating your asthma can lead to fewer asthma attacks.

You can live a long, healthy life with asthma. But you need to:

  • Learn how to manage your asthma.
  • Get ongoing care.
  • Watch for signs that your asthma is getting worse.

Controlling your asthma starts with an action plan. You and your health care provider work together to make your plan. Then it's up to you to follow the plan.

That means:

  • Taking your asthma medicines as ordered.
  • Learning what makes your asthma worse.
  • Avoiding your asthma triggers.
  • Tracking your level of asthma control.
  • Acting fast when symptoms get worse.

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