Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs and airways. It makes it difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs, decreasing breath capacity.

Our asthma program is part of our chronic condition management program. We want to help you understand asthma and learn how to live well with it.

Managing asthma

Dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, animal dander and exercise are some of the things that can cause asthma to flare up.

By following your treatment plan, there’s a lot you can do to live well. You can manage your condition and work with your doctor to:

  • Use medicines correctly
  • Avoid, reduce or eliminate personal asthma triggers
  • Quit smoking

Member materials

Blue Care Network members enrolled in our chronic condition management programs receive a guidebook and two newsletters during the year. Here are our latest materials:

Health Checks

Every year, ask your doctor about these wellness checks. You may need some of them more than once a year.

  • Update your asthma action plan 
  • Review your quick-relief and long-term control medicines 
  • Take a pulmonary function test 
  • Get a flu shot 

Also, check with your doctor to see if your pneumonia shot is up to date.

Contact us for help

To talk with a nurse, call us at 1-800-392-4247 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also fill out a nurse callback form.

For more health resources, including in-depth information about these conditions:

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