Asthma

What is asthma?
Asthma is often referred to as an “attack” in which you have a sudden shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. Attacks may occur infrequently, or up to several times a day. However, asthma is a manageable condition. For more information, click here.

What are my triggers?
Asthma attacks are often triggered by coming into contact with substances like dust, smoke, animal hair or other allergens. Even exercise can trigger attacks. Knowing your triggers can prevent an attack. For more information, click here.

Is my asthma controlled?
Almost 70% of asthmatics whose asthma is out of control actually believe their asthma is completely or well controlled. Not realizing your asthma is out of control may increase your risk for severe attacks. For more information, click here.

What may happen if my asthma is not well controlled?
Even among controlled asthmatics, 38% report experiencing an asthma attack in which they feared for their lives. The majority of deaths and emergency room and hospital admissions that occur due to asthma are preventable. For more information, click here.

What is an asthma action plan?
An asthma action plan helps you take control of your asthma. It is a plan developed by you and your doctor that has you take your asthma medications based on your daily control of asthma. Your control is determined by your symptoms or how you respond to your peak flow meter readings. For more information, click here.

What is a peak flow meter?
Just like people with high blood pressure check their blood pressure control with a home blood pressure monitor, you can check your asthma control daily at home with a peak flow meter. The meter is a simple hand-held device that measures how fast you can blow air out of your lungs. For more information, click here.

How can I treat my asthma without drugs?
Many asthma attacks could be prevented by simply following some simple steps to avoid exposure to allergens or other triggers. These steps can save you money on prescription drugs and doctors office visits. For more information, click here.

How can I treat my asthma with medications?
Asthma is typically treated with inhalers; however, not all inhalers are the same. Knowing the differences and what to expect from your inhaler is the key to managing asthma. For more information, click here.

How do I use my inhaler?
Most asthmatics do not use their inhalers properly. Failure to do so can cause worsened symptoms, thus requiring more drugs to treat your asthma. For more information, click here.

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