Managing Asthma

Man with InhalerKnow your triggers and prevent flare-ups.

The better informed you are about your asthma, the better control you will have over your symptoms. To assist, work with your doctor or allergist to develop a personalized management plan. This plan should include:

  • Ways to avoid your asthma triggers
  • Medications to prevent symptoms as well as medications to use for quick relief of flare-ups
  • An asthma action plan to identify when you are doing well and when you need to seek help
  • A partnership between you, your family, your allergist and other healthcare providers

Together, you and your allergist can work to ensure that asthma interferes with your daily life as little as possible.

Healthy tips:

  • Asthma triggers vary from person to person and so do strategies to reduce asthma flare-ups.
  • Many people with asthma also have allergies, which can trigger asthma symptoms. Your allergist can identify what, if any, allergens you should avoid.
  • Quick-relief rescue medications provide temporary relief of asthma symptoms, while long-term controller medications are taken on a regular basis to control airway inflammation or prevent frequent asthma symptoms.
  • Your asthma medications may need to be adjusted as you and your asthma change, so stay in close touch with your allergist.
United Healthcare Members: Connect to UHC’s NurseLine for asthma help

Using the UnitedHealthcare® app, you can be easily put in touch with a nurse 24 hours a day. This could save a trip to the ER or urgent care facility, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Get more info on the UnitedHealthcare® app and be prepared to care for your asthma.