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The Balancing Act of Controlling and Managing Asthma.

The Balancing Act of Controlling and Managing Asthma

The Asthma In America 2017 online survey gathered insights from 1,039 individuals currently diagnosed with asthma, to understand their treatment experience and impact on their quality of life. Here are the highlights from this survey:

Living with Asthma can be a constant balancing act of controlling triggers and managing symptoms. There are so many asthma symptoms that one has to be aware of and manage, ranging from wheezing to chest tightness and pain. On average, respondents reported experiencing 8 symptoms in the previous year with shortness of breath during everyday activities and difficulty catching breath being the most annoying and frustrating symptoms.


99% of respondents had identified triggers for their asthma. More than half of the respondents noted that avoiding triggers is difficult, leading to a further sense of difficulty achieving control over asthma.


Adding to the mix are the lifestyle changes that one has to make after being diagnosed with asthma, one of the biggest one being carrying a rescue inhaler, among other changes like taking extra hygiene measures, taking medications, etc.


Apart from the lifestyle changes, asthma also has an effect on the day-to-day activities of those living with this chronic condition.


Being diagnosed with asthma and living with this condition also impacts one’s family, social, and relationships adversely.


To really understand how it is to live with the chronic condition asthma, we also asked our community, how they would describe asthma in one word. The results below are telling. The journey of living with asthma can be a very emotional experience; respondents expressed that among other things, asthma can be scary, annoying, frustrating, and exhausting, and debilitating.



  • LyndaNovak
    2 years ago

    I am new on here..i am a 4x CANCER person..and after taking almost 2 lung lobes I have,asthma…if I get a little cold goes right to my lungs..and need to start inhalers..and predisone…so frustrating as usually will go into bronchitis..i don’t smoke.

  • LyndaNovak
    2 years ago

    I’m new,here. I’m a 4x CANCER SURVIVOR, who had left upper lobe taken out and much if the right lower lobe from lung cancer non smoker, athletic, no history in family. I acquired asthma right after..if I get a cold it goes right into my lungs bronchitis..i take my inhalers..try to get on predisone…i try to stay is frustrating..i have,AN upper Respitory infection now.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Linda and welcome! First let me congratulate you on being a cancer survivor and on four occasions – that is remarkable!! You must be so grateful and thankful.
    If you’ve recently been diagnosed with asthma, after all you’ve been through, well, you’ve come to the right place. We are all about all things asthma. Please know you are always welcome here!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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