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Keys to Good Asthma Control

With proper asthma control you can prevent symptoms, asthma attacks, emergencies, and fatalities.  (Death from asthma is possible if not well controlled and can be 100% preventable with proper control.)

1. Work closely with your doctor and meet with them regularly (every few months or more if severe) to get the care and medications you need. 

2. Create your Asthma Action Plan with your doctor, discuss symptoms, triggers, medications and ask all of your questions.  

3. Follow your Asthma Action Plan and take your medications as directed.  Be sure to know the difference between your medications and how to use them. Request a "spacer" to help the medication reach your lungs better. 

4. Tell people in your life about your asthma, what you need to stay free of asthma symptoms, and what to do for you in case of an asthma episode or asthma emergency. 


Tips for Asthma & Allergies this Spring


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In this section - Asthma Info & Services

  • What is asthma?
  • Triggers in the home
  • A healthy home is good medicine
  • Asthma Prevention and Control Program 
  • Two free home visit services for Boston residents


What is asthma?

Asthma is a health condition that makes it difficult to breathe.  When people with asthma experience symptoms, their airways become swollen, narrow, and produce extra mucus, making it harder for air to get to the lungs. This can cause coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath.  While everyone's asthma is different, people with asthma generally benefit from:
  • Avoiding, eliminating, and managing  triggers - things that make asthma worse
    (or make it hard to breathe)
  • Taking medications as instructed, including:
    • ​Daily or controller medication(s)
    • Emergency, rescue or quick relief medication(s)
More information about asthma:

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Triggers in the home

Asthma triggers include anything that makes asthma worse.  Some of the  most common asthma triggers indoors include mold, dust mites, cleaning products, second hand smoke, cockroaches, mice, and pets, like cats and dogs – all of which release particles into the air that can irritate the airways and lungs.  


A healthy home is good medicine

While many people know outdoor air pollution is bad for asthma, indoor air quality is also important for people with asthma, especially in the home, which is where people usually spend a good amount of their day.  This is especially true for children, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions.  The good news is that using asthma-friendly practices in the home to eliminate and reduce these triggers can go a long way to help control asthma.

Asthma Prevention and Control Program

Asthma in the urban environment is a serious problem, and it remains a primary cause of preventable hospitalization in children nationally. In response to residents’ concern about rising asthma rates in their communities, the Boston Public Health Commission created the Asthma Prevention and Control Program in 1998. The program operate​s a number of initiatives to help children and adults manage the symptoms of and the environmental contributors to asthma, including home-based programs, as well as trainings for healthcare providers, childcare providers, the community, and others.​  


Two FREE Services for Boston Residents  

​​The City of Boston has two FREE award-win​ning programs to help Boston residents make their homes asthma-friendly to help get asthma under control. 


Which program is best for you?  ​
You may benefit from one or both program​s.​​

BREATHE EASY VISIT

​​Do you have an issue in the home (affecting your asthma) that you may need your landlord to fix?  

For more information, visit: 

Breathe Easy at Home Program

ASTHMA HOME VISIT

Are you interested in education, information and resources on how to keep an asthma-friendly home?  

For more information on a free home visit by a trained Community Health Worker, visit: 

Boston Asthma Home Visit Collaborative


 


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