Asthma Resources for Patients and Caregivers
Information about asthma for patients and caregivers.
Having asthma or caring for someone with asthma can be challenging, but there are many things you can do to help control asthma symptoms and lead a healthy, full life.
To start, follow the follow these steps for living well with asthma:
- Complete and follow an Asthma Action Plan.
- Know your Medications.
- Know what triggers make your asthma worse and try to avoid them.
- Get allergy testing to help identify allergic triggers
- Avoid all tobacco smoke.
- Get a flu shot.
- For Caregivers
If your kids are in school, remember that they need a written Asthma Action Plan on file with the school nurse. This will ensure they get the medication they need, and that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency. Copies should be given to anyone else involved in child care as well.
You can also take steps to reduce your child’s exposure to environmental triggers that may be worsening their asthma, such as dust, mold, and secondhand smoke. If you live in the greater Manchester area, see if you qualify for home visiting programs that will help you manage your child’s asthma and home environment.
Explore the links below and contact the NH Asthma Control Program or your healthcare provider for additional support.
Resources for Kids and Teens
- Open Airways Asthma Education Program for Children in NH
- Iggy and the Inhalers Explain Asthma
- Sesame Street Managing Asthma
- No Attacks Kids Stuff
- How to Use Your Inhaler Videos
- Asthma Podcast for Kids
- School, Life and Asthma for Teens
Resources for Medication and Financial Assistance
- Medication Assistance Program, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
- Medicaid: Health insurance for Persons with Low Income
- Medicare Beneficiaries Savings Program
- Foundation for Healthy Communities
- AARP Prescription Discounts
- Needy Meds
- Patient Advocate Foundation