For Caregivers

Are You a Caregiver?

If someone you know has recently been diagnosed with asthma, you might be wondering what you can do to help them with their condition. Here are a few ways you can encourage your loved one to take steps toward controlling their asthma symptoms.

  • Learn as much as you can about asthma and its symptoms and triggers. The more you know, the better you can help your loved one make informed decisions.

  • Encourage your loved one’s independence. The more ownership they have over their asthma control plan, the more confidence and self esteem they will have regarding their own physical health.

  • Be an example and a partner in healthy choices. Tobacco smoke makes asthma symptoms worse. If you are a smoker, get help to quit.  Call the New Hampshire Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or go to for free quit smoking help.

  • Eliminate all sources of smoke from your environment. Wood smoke, car exhaust and tobacco are common triggers for people with asthma.

  • Make sure to take time for yourself and take care of your own mental and physical health.

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