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Asthma

Gateway’s Lifestyle Management Asthma Programs helps members who have asthma.  This program is for members between the ages of 2 to 56.  In this program, Care Managers can call you and talk about managing your asthma.  The Care Managers can explain health information, like the difference between long-term control medicines and rescue medicines.  The Managers also mail out information to members about asthma.

Here are a few tips to follow if you have asthma:

  • Know if your asthma is out-of-control. It may be out-of-control if you: have asthma symptoms, like coughing and wheezing, more than twice a week and/or are waking from your sleep more than once a month because of asthma symptoms.
  • You may need a long-term asthma control medication.  It could help you feel better.  It could keep you out of the hospital.  Long-term control medicines include things like Advair, Asmanex, Dulera, Flovent, Pulmicort Respules or Symbicort.  You need to take your long-term control medicine every day just as your doctor tells you. You need to take it even when you feel good.
  • You need to visit your doctor at least twice a year.  Your doctor needs to see you to make sure your asthma is under control.  When your asthma is under control can do more of the things you like to do!
  • Do not smoke.  If you need help to quit smoking or using tobacco, call the toll-free Quitline at 1-800-784-8669 or 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  • Do not be around tobacco smoke.  If someone in your family smokes, ask them to smoke outside.