Ongoing Asthma Management

There is a big chance that you or someone you know is living with asthma as nearly 26 million Americans including more than 7 million children have asthma. While there is no cure for this chronic or lifelong disease, we all can have a hand in helping our friends, family and colleagues who live from asthma breathe easier. If you are living with asthma, it’s important to remember that your asthma changes over time and that ongoing maintenance is key to successfully managing your asthma.

Take this short quiz to determine if your asthma or that of a loved one is truly under control.

  1. I feel asthma related symptoms more than twice a week.
  2. I wake up at night with trouble breathing 1 – 3 times a week.
  3. My asthma makes it hard to do daily activities.
  4. I use my quick-relief inhaler more than twice a week.
  5. I have had two or more asthma episodes that required treatment with oral corticosteroids in the past year.
  6. I have had an asthma episode that required a call to 911, an urgent visit to the emergency room or have been hospitalized for my asthma in the past year.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, don’t fear. Your asthma may not be under the best control, but there are many things that you can do to help yourself breathe easier.

  • Schedule a visit with your doctor – It may be time to reevaluate your asthma care with your healthcare provider. You can fill out a new Asthma Action Plan and ensure your medications are working well for you.
  • Understand your medication – It’s important to take the right medicine at the right time and with the proper technique. Brush up on how your medications work to ensure you’re prepared, and let loved ones know where your medications are located so they can help in an emergency.
  • Having immediate access to quick-relief medicine is critical for children with asthma. All 50 states have laws that allow children to carry and use their asthma inhalers throughout the school day. Work with your school’s nurse to see if your child is ready to self-administer their asthma medication, which can save precious time and worry if your child has an episode at school, with the Self-Carry Assessment Tool.

Even if you do not live with asthma you can always help create asthma-friendly environments.

  • Make sure that your workplace is 100 percent tobacco-free.
  • Avoid products and chemicals that have strong odors or give off harmful emissions. Speak to your employer about implementing a fragrance-free work environment.
  • Store food properly and dispose of garbage regularly, as food particles may serve as an asthma trigger.

Learn more ways to manage your asthma and create an asthma-friendly environment by visiting Lung.org/asthma.

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