You are an important part of your asthma treatment team. Learn how to prevent and manage your asthma.

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. This causes symptoms like wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing.

How Do You Get Asthma?
Researchers believe some genetic and environmental factors interact to cause asthma, including:

  • An inherited tendency to develop allergies
  • Parents who have asthma
  • Certain respiratory infections during childhood
  • Contact with allergens or exposure to viral infections in early childhood

Highlighted Resources

Asthma & Children
Learn how to protect your child at school and daycare.

Is my asthma under control?
Learn when to seek help.

Asthma Outcomes & Statistics

Preparing for a Check-up

If you have asthma and have taken daily medicine at any time during the past 12 months for your asthma, please schedule an asthma check-up with your doctor at least twice a year.

How to get ready for your visit

For more information and appointments, visit the Asthma Management Program.