Caring for Adult Asthma

What is asthma?

In people with asthma, the airways that carry air in and out of the lungs can become swollen and irritated, making it harder to breathe. This is called an asthma attack. An asthma attack can happen when there are certain things in the air, such as dust or tobacco smoke. This can also happen during or after exercise. Sometimes it's not clear what causes an asthma attack.

How do I know if I have asthma?

Asthma usually begins in childhood, and most adults who have it grew up with it. But it also is possible for adults to develop asthma too. If you and your doctor think you may have asthma, a lung function test can be done to see how well air moves in and out of your lungs.

Some of the signs of asthma include:

How do I know if I am getting quality asthma care?

High quality asthma care is when you and your doctor work together to manage your asthma. You and your doctor can do several things to manage your asthma, including:

What is an asthma action plan?

An asthma action plan is something you and your doctor create together. The plan lists your asthma medicines and gives directions about how and when to take them, and tells you and others around you how to seek emergency care, if needed.

Here are some questions to ask your doctor if you are concerned about asthma: