Achieving Asthma Control
Asthma may seem like it's just difficulty breathing. But asthma has a host of symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and pain, and many more. The less talked about symptoms are fatigue and headaches among other things. Managing all these symptoms is a tough task!
Add to that the elements of treatment and trigger control. While treatment may look different for each person living with asthma, it typically involves a maintenance medication and a rescue inhaler. And trigger control is easier said than done. Treatment and trigger control along with symptom management leads to achieving asthma control.
What does "asthma control" mean?
But what does asthma control even look like? Kathi, one of our advocates, defines it in one of her articles that:1
Positive asthma control comprises of the following:
- Symptoms up to 2 days a week, and don't wake one up more than 1 or 2 times a month
- Ability to do normal, daily activities without any issues.
- Using the rescue inhaler (quick-relief medicine) no more often than twice a week.
- No more than 1 severe asthma attack per year that requires oral steroids.
- Peak flow readings stay at 80% or better of your personal best.
Gaining asthma control can be daunting but also necessary for the long-term health of an individual.
How does one achieve asthma control?
Here are some articles from our advocates which define asthma control, demonstrate how it looks like, and some tips and tricks that one needs to take to obtain it:
- In this article, Kathi helps one gauge their level of asthma control and in this one writes about some tips to get asthma control.
- Theresa writes in this article about how difficult it can be to achieve asthma control, but also that it's something to strive for.
- Kathi delves deeper into asthma control to share how to maintain through seasonal changes.
- John shares some tips to attain asthma control as well.
- Dia shares her experience with asthma control and how to cope when one begins to lose some of it.
Do you have any tips for achieving asthma control?
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