What is asthma control?
Controlling asthma is when the symptoms are milder, less frequent, and do not hold us back.
How to know if your asthma is under control
Well-controlled asthma is when you:
- Hardly or never get daytime asthma symptoms (two times or less a week)
- Rarely need your quick-relief rescue medication for your symptoms (two times or less a week)
- Rarely wake up at night because of asthma (two times or less a week)
- Are not limited in your activities due to asthma
However, some people do not think of asthma control that way. To them, being in control just means always having their medication with them so that they can relieve any sudden asthma symptoms.
Controlling asthma is not only about relieving asthma attacks
If we have uncontrolled or persistent asthma and all we do about increasingly frequent asthma symptoms is use our quick-relief medication more often, we are merely coping with asthma. We are not in control of it. Furthermore, those frequent asthma attacks might weaken our lungs and airways, possibly leading to permanent lung damage and further complications down the road.
What you can do to control your asthma
Use these asthma resources to learn how you can work with your doctor to start controlling asthma.
- Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention. Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2015. Available at: http://ginasthma.org/gina-report-global-strategy-for-asthma-management-and-prevention/. Accessed 4 April 2016.
- Reliever inhaler. Asthma UK Website. Available at: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/inhalers-medicines-treatments/inhalers-and-spacers/reliever/ Accessed 4 April 2016.
- Complication of Asthma. Healthline Website. Accessed 4 April 2016.
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