A kid blowing bubbles.What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting your lungs that can be controlled, but that can cause death if not kept under control. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children, but many adults have it, too. With asthma, the inside wall of the tubes (airways) that carry air in and out of the lungs become swollen (inflamed). This inflammation is caused by things that irritate the airways. When airways are irritated, they get narrower and less air flows to the lungs. The narrowed airways may cause coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and trouble breathing. If you follow the directions of your primary care provider (PCP), taking your medicine as directed, and avoiding things (triggers) that bother your airways, you will be able to live an active life.

How Can CareOregon Help?

  • Medications to manage your asthma are a covered benefit.
  • Tobacco smoking is a trigger for many living with asthma. Benefits are available to help you stop smoking.
  • Your yearly flu shot is a covered benefit.
  • CareOregon’s Care Support Team can help you learn how to gain control of your asthma. Call 503-416-4100 or 1-800-224-4840 (toll free). TTY/TDD users can call 1-800-735-2900. Ask to speak with a CareSupport staff member.
  • Chronic conditions can be a burden to your way of life. Don’t let them be! Learn more about Living Well With Chronic Conditions Workshops.

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