WORLD ASTHMA DAY:2022
Once your healthcare provider has diagnosed you with asthma and you understand what it means to have asthma, it’s time to find out what you can do to manage the disease. Asthma in no longer thought of as a single disease and the management steps may vary slightly depending on the type of asthma that you have. There are four known types of asthma. By working with your doctor, you can learn about the type of asthma that you have and the best treatment options available to treat that type of asthma.
Here are six steps you can take to keep your asthma under control.
Step 1: Make Your Medical Visits More Productive
There are a number of resources available to help you ask the right questions about asthma management and treatment the next time you see your healthcare provider.[Ref]https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/living-with-asthma/managing-asthma/making-your-medical-visits.
Step 2: Create an Asthma Management Plan
Learn how to develop a plan with your healthcare provider that includes key information on managing your asthma.[Ref]https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/living-with-asthma/managing-asthma/create-an-asthma-action-plan
Step 3: Assess and Monitor Your Control
Common asthma symptoms can include a cough, tight feeling in your chest, wheezing, activity limitation and feeling tired. Keeping track of your symptoms will help you stay in control.[Ref]https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/living-with-asthma/managing-asthma/assess-and-monitor-your
Step 4: Understand Your Medication
There are a variety of medicines available to treat asthma. Each person’s asthma is different and your doctor and healthcare team will work with you to set up a personalized [Ref] plan.https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/living-with-asthma/managing-asthma/understand-your-medication
Step 5: Reduce Asthma Triggers
Identify your asthma triggers and learn simple ways to limit your exposure or avoid them altogether.[Ref]https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/living-with-asthma/managing-asthma/reduce-asthma-triggers
Step 6: Learn Asthma Self-Management Skills
Learn more about asthma, including our asthma basics online course and what is asthma animation.[Ref]https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/asthma-education-advocacy/asthma-basics
2022 GINA Main Report – Global Initiative for Asthma – GINA [Ref]