Strategies for Addressing Asthma
Most people with asthma should be able to control their disease with proper care. When healthcare providers deliver asthma care based on the evidence-based asthma guidelines, patient can experience better health outcomes and quality of life.
Remember. You can be active and healthy with asthma and do all the things that you want to do. Don't let asthma hold you back. Talk to your doctor about taking control of your asthma today.
Below are six steps along with tips and resources to improve your asthma control:
- Visit your healthcare provider every 6-12 months or more often if you have symptoms. Asthma can come and go throughout the year or over your lifetime. See your doctor regularly to talk about your asthma and adjust your treatment if needed.
- Help make medical visits more satisfying by using this helpful tool to guide the conversation.
- Talk to your doctor about protecting yourself from the flu, pneumonia, managing and reducing stress, and eating right.
- Use a written asthma action plan to know the steps to prevent symptoms and to respond during an asthma episode.
- Download an asthma action plan (available in English and Spanish) to bring to your next appointment.
- Take Asthma Basics to learn more about your asthma and to understand the importance of an asthma action plan.
- Take your asthma medicines as directed. Most people with asthma need one or more medicines to help control their disease. Work with your doctor, pharmacist, or asthma educator to make sure you are using the medication the right way.
- Learn the difference between quick-relief and controller medications.
- A medicine schedule helps keep track of medicines, especially when newly prescribed.
- Watch the device and demonstration videos to learn the correct way to use your asthma medicines.
- Tell your healthcare provider what makes your symptoms worse. Know your asthma triggers and learn how to manage them.
- Monitor your asthma daily and treat symptoms quickly. Know your early warning signs of an asthma episode.