Asthma, a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, causes symptoms such as recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Quick-relief inhalers are the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment to people with asthma and other lung diseases. Asthma is also treated with long-term control medications.
Managing Asthma can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage your asthma, visit the Managing Asthma page.
These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.
AIRNow provides real-time location-specific information on air quality, including ozone and fine particle pollution. Free. iOS, Android.
AsthmaMD allows users to log their asthma activity, medications, and causes in a diary, which can be sent to participating physicians. Free. iOS.
AsthmaSense tracks your symptoms, medication use and breathing data to assess your asthma risk. You can set reminders, view graphs of past data, and share your data with other users or physicians. Free. iOS, Android.
Propeller uses a sensor to track your inhaler use, including date and location. Physicians can access this data remotely to monitor your symptoms. The app is free, but the sensor must be purchased separately. iOS, Android.
Resources selected by Linda Johnsen, Health Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Last reviewed March 7, 2019