Millions of adults and children in the United States have asthma, a common chronic disease that can be treated and managed with the right tools. As part of Sutter’s comprehensive asthma care, we offer a variety of resources to help you successfully manage your asthma so that you can be symptom-free as often as possible.
To take control of your asthma, you may benefit from a one-on-one consultation with an asthma expert. Meeting individually with an asthma expert can help you pinpoint what you need to do to participate in activities, prevent asthma attacks in the future, get a good night’s sleep and maintain healthy lungs throughout your life.
Your primary care doctor, allergist or pulmonologist is a great resource for asthma support. You should schedule at least two “asthma only” appointments annually with your doctor to review and update your Asthma Action Plan.
Classes and Training
PAMF's Asthma Management Program in Santa Cruz is available for both adults and children. The goal of this program is to teach you what causes asthma, how to identify and avoid your triggers, how to use your Asthma Action Plan, when to use your medications and how to monitor your status.
We also offer a self-guided, online asthma management class, which includes videos and handouts on asthma triggers, medications, devices and more.
- Asthma Triggers (PDF)
- How to Use a DISKUS® Inhaler (PDF)
- How to Use a Peak Flow Meter (PDF)
- How to Use Your Metered Dose Inhaler (PDF)
- Taking Care of Your HFA Inhaler (PDF)
- Using a Medication Inhaler with a Spacer Device and Mask (PDF)
- FAQ About Asthma
- Asthma and Pregnancy
- Asthma and Allergy Network
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute