Asthma and Allergy
May is National Asthma Month
Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases, affecting nearly 26 million Americans. Fortunately, HAP can help you breathe easy and take control!
Asthma is a condition that affects the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. When the breathing tubes are inflamed, the air passages become narrow. This makes it difficult to get air in and out of the lungs.
An asthma attack is usually set off by a trigger like allergens, exercise or weather. Learn how to identify these triggers early to prevent an attack. If you are a smoker, learn how to quit so you can keep your lungs clear.
|HAP's Restore CareTrack®
HAP's Restore CareTrack® program can help you understand your asthma and make it easier for you to take control of the day-to-day management of it. The program is free to members and offers access to interactive tools and support from a nurse health coach to keep you on track.
|Inhaler Dose Tracker
Since you can't see the medicine in your inhaler, it can be difficult to know when you're running low. Download and print HAP's Metered Dose Inhaler Tracker to log how many puffs you take, and refill your inhaler when there are ten puffs left.
|Asthma Action Plan
An asthma action plan is based on your peak flow and your asthma symptoms. Having an action plan can help you keep track of how bad your asthma is. It will also remind you what to do when you have certain symptoms. Work with your doctor to fill out this asthma action plan for you or your child.
Healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise and proper use of medicine can all help you manage your asthma. Bring this checklist to your next doctor visit to make sure you're on the right track.
|Take Charge of Your Asthma
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