Asthma causes swelling and inflammation in the airways that lead to your lungs. When asthma flares up, the airways tighten and become narrower. This keeps the air from passing through easily and makes it hard for you to breathe. These flare-ups are called asthma attacks.
Asthma affects people in different ways. Some people have asthma attacks only during allergy season, when they breathe in cold air, or when they exercise. Others have many bad attacks that send them to the doctor often.
Even if you have few asthma attacks, you still need to treat your asthma. The swelling and inflammation in your airways can lead to permanent changes in your airways and harm your lungs.
Two kinds of medicine are used to treat asthma:
Earn Healthy Rewards
If you are age 18 and younger, you can earn Healthy Rewards when you refill your prescription for an asthma controller medicine. You can earn $25 for every refill, up to six refills per year. (That adds up to $150 in one year.) To earn rewards, you must sign up for Healthy Rewards. Register online or call 1-866-469-7973 and see if you may be able to earn other rewards, too.
You can also earn up to $60 using the care management services through Ivira. This program is for Highmark Health Options members age 18 or younger who have a diagnosis of asthma. For more information, contact Ivira at 1-302-272-5467.
Watch this short video on the importance of controller medicines.
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