Assess and Monitor Your Control

Monitoring your symptoms is an important step in controlling your asthma. There are four key symptoms that you should monitor to help you keep your asthma under control:

  • Daytime Symptoms
    How often do you have asthma symptoms during the day, such as: coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath?
  • Nighttime Symptoms
    Do you wake up at night with asthma symptoms, such as: coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath?
  • Rescue Inhaler Use
    How often do you use your rescue inhaler to relieve asthma symptoms?
  • Activity Level
    Do you have difficulty performing normal activities, such as: walking, climbing stairs, daily chores, or playing with the kids?

Keep a journal or diary to help you monitor your symptoms. A symptoms journal or diary can be an important communication tool to share with you healthcare provider about your asthma. Also, it can help you determine if your asthma is getting worse.

Tracking asthma symptoms are an important component to any asthma action plan.