Talk About Asthma
Asthma is a complicated condition, which is why many people find it difficult to talk about. But it’s important to let the people in your life know how much asthma can affect you because the more they know, the more they can help.
Who Should You Talk To?
Talk to the people who spend a lot of time with you and who play a significant role in your day-to-day life––people whose actions can have a tangible effect on your asthma. This is your support network.
What Should You Talk About?
Explain the Disease and How You Manage It
Asthma can be tricky to explain because everyone experiences it differently. Your doctor or asthma specialist can provide you with guidance and information that can help explain the disease to your support network. That way they can have a better understanding of the realities of living with a lifelong condition like asthma.
Make Sure They Know What to Do in an Emergency
The people close to you should know that asthma can be life-threatening, and if the situation should arise, how to get you the immediate care that you’ll need. They should also know where your rescue medication is and how to use it. It’s also a good idea to share your Asthma Action Plan with everyone in your support system so they know exactly what to do if you have an asthma attack.
Let People Know What Triggers Your Asthma
Everyone has different triggers for their asthma. Pets, pollen, mold and secondhand smoke are some of the more common triggers, and unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for them to be present in and around many homes. Inform friends and family about your triggers and how they can affect you.
How to Start a Conversation About Your Asthma
Starting a conversation about how other people’s actions can impact your life can feel daunting. But, we’re here to guide you along your asthma journey. Follow the tips below on how to get the conversation started:
- Prepare yourself by getting the facts about asthma.
- Identify the people in your life who need to know.
- Start by explaining the condition and symptoms.
- Have an open discussion about your specific asthma triggers and how they can help reduce your exposure to them.
- Share your Asthma Action Plan so they know what to do in an emergency.
- Let them ask questions and try to be open about the impact of your asthma.
Don’t Let Asthma Prevent You From Living Well
Check out the Live Well With Asthma section of our site to get tips and tricks for managing your asthma symptoms at home, work, or school. Wherever you are, if you’re prepared, you can still live well with asthma.