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If you or your child has asthma, you may be bothered by these things that do not bother other people.

Smoke Exercise
Animals Mold
Dust Pollen
Roaches Pollution

Asthma episodes come and go, but the lungs stay sensitive to the things that cause asthma episodes. Preventive medicines can help, but you need to do more. Figure out what things start the asthma episodes. Talk with your doctor and write down what you or your child did and where you were before each asthma episode. The more you do to protect yourself and your child, the fewer asthma episodes you or your child will have and the less asthma medicine you will need.

Click here for Asthma In Children Fact Sheet

You should control your asthma. Don't let your asthma control you. You should expect to:

participate fully in all activities
not miss school or work because of asthma
have no severe asthma symptoms
sleep through the night
have no need to be hospitalized or go to the emergency room because of asthma


The New York City Childhood Asthma Initiative is a citywide effort to reduce illness and death from childhood asthma in New York City by working to strengthen the ability of families, schools, communities, health care institutions and city government to control and prevent asthma. The Initiative works to:

  • promote improved family management of asthma
  • promote the practice of state-of-the-art medical care
  • help families to reduce exposure to asthma triggers in both homes and communities
  • monitor and track the number of people with asthma
  • increase community awareness of asthma

    Childhood Asthma Initiative
    NYC Department of Health
    40 Worth Street / CHW Room 1607 New York, NY 10013
    Asthma Action Line, dial toll-free: 1-877-ASTHMA-0 or 1-877-278-4620

    What You Really Need to Know:
    1. Take your preventive medicine regularly, as prescribed by your doctor.
    2. Take the right about of medicine.
    3. Keep your (rescue medicine) inhaler with you, and use it when needed.
    4. Tell your friends, teachers and people you work with that you have asthma.
    5. Don't let asthma interfere with your social life.
    6. Don't limit yourself.
    7. Figure out what triggers your asthma episodes.
    8. Learn how you feel when an episode is coming on, and get the help you need immediately.
    9. Work with your doctor using a written Asthma Action Plan.

    The following publications are available in .pdf format for you to print. They require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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    A Stepwise Approach to Managing Asthma in Infants and Young Children

    A Stepwise Approach to Managing Asthma in Adults
    & Children More Than 5 Years of Age