What Can You Do to Help Manage Your Asthma Symptoms?

When you first start having asthma symptoms, it may be a little scary. Here are some things you can do to help start managing your asthma:

Keep track of your symptoms:

  • Are you coughing? Wheezing?
  • Are you having trouble catching your breath?
  • When do you feel this way? During the day? At night?
  • What were you doing when you started feeling this way?

Work with your health care provider. He or she can:

  • Answer your questions
  • Give you tips to help manage your asthma

Follow your treatment plan:

  • Take the medicines as your health care provider tells you to
  • Take your controller medicines even if you aren’t having symptoms anymore
  • Make sure you know what each medicine does
  • Find out how to take your medicine the right way
  • Find out when to take your medicine. If you are unsure, ask your health care provider or pharmacist for help.

Find out what causes your asthma symptoms:

  • Notice what your triggers are
  • Do what you can to stay away from them

Write down all the details about your breathing problems:

  • List when and how you get asthma attacks
  • Include a record of your peak flow readings if you have them


Visit your health care provider on a regular basis.

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