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Asthma Management

Asthma is a respiratory condition caused by bronchospasm, which is a narrowing or constriction of the airways. A number of factors, or triggers, can cause an individual to have an asthma attack. Triggers can include environmental factors, such as cold, dust, dander, smoke or chemicals. Other individuals report that overexertion can make them more vulnerable to triggers.

Exposure to these conditions can cause inflammation of the airways and periods of wheezing and shortness of breath. Symptoms can largely be prevented by avoiding triggers. There are many forms of asthma, which can occur in childhood, adulthood or in specific conditions, such as pregnancy.

Our condition management nurses are ready to help individuals diagnosed with asthma to manage their condition by:

  • Increasing knowledge of the disease
  • Providing strategies to slow disease progression and allow for self-management and lifestyle changes
  • Help managing co-morbid conditions which contribute to the chronic disease of  asthma (such as depression, anxiety or stress)
  • Review current medications and treatments
  • Help to develop personal goals and successful strategies to manage asthma

All of our condition management programs are personalized to meet your needs and schedule. You’ll work with a wellness coach who will meet with you one-on-one. Worried about making it to in-person appointments? Don’t be! Our nurses can work with you by phone, or with our easy-to-use telehealth software – secure web-based video conferencing you can access on your smartphone, tablet or any computer with a web-cam. Together, you and your coach will build strategies and goals to help you manage your health condition. Call us at (585) 275-6300 or email us at urwell.programs@urmc.rochester.edu to learn more and to see if you are eligible.