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woman sneezingAccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, May is the peak month of asthma and allergy season. The CDC has deemed May as Asthma Awareness Month and indicates that over 25 million Americans live with this chronic disease. It is important to note that asthma can be managed. If you suffer from asthma, your health insurance and primary care physician want you to take steps to reduce and prevent asthma episodes. Controlling your asthma will not only improve your health but it will allow you to enjoy life to the fullest. You may be able to sleep and be active without coughing or breathlessness. Most importantly, you’ll be less likely to find yourself in the hospital.

Asthma Symptoms

It is important to know the warning signs of asthma. When an asthma attack happens, the side of the airways in the lungs swell, causing the airway to actually shrink. The result is that less air gets in and out of the lungs. Symptoms include:
  • Coughing (particularly in the morning and/or evening)

  • Chest tightness

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Wheezing

  • Feeling breathless

Be aware of what things trigger your asthma so you can avoid them. Common triggers include:
  • Smoke

  • Second-hand cigarette smoke

  • Pets

  • Dust

  • Pollens

  • Mold
Some people have asthma that is aggravated when they have a cold or other respiratory illness. Others find that exercise triggers their asthma and therefore require medication prior to participating in sports.


Although asthma can't be cured, it can be controlled. Many health insurance companies have programs to help patients learn how to manage their asthma. Work with your doctor and health insurance provider to learn if any of the following treatments are beneficial for your asthma.
  • Long-Term Control: Asthma medications are available that must be taken regularly, even when asthma symptoms are not currently being experienced. These long-term medications help prevent attacks, but they won't help if you are in the midst of an asthma episode. Some of these medicines are inhaled and others are in pill form.

  • Quick-Relief: For someone experiencing an asthma attack, a quick-relief medication is taken. They help relieve the symptoms of a current attack. People with asthma caused by exercise often take a quick-relief medication prior to exercising. However, if you find you are requiring your quick-relief medication more and more frequently, it is worthwhile to explore long-term control options.
If you suffer from asthma, investigate treatment options and ways to avoid asthma triggers so you can avoid attacks. Be sure to take your medicine exactly as prescribed. Notify your health care provider if you feel your current medication is no longer working as it should to learn about other options that may work better for you.

Are you getting the healthcare you need? Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (804) 379-2697 for more information on Midlothian health insurance.
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