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