Asthma is a disease that is with you all the time. Like many adults with asthma, you may have days when you feel fine, with few if any symptoms. Other times you may have trouble controlling your asthma and experience asthma attacks often. These attacks may be characterized by wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
If you have been diagnosed with asthma, it’s important to monitor the disease and get ongoing care. Regular doctor visits — at least twice a year or as directed by your doctor — can help you avoid asthma flare-ups. If your symptoms are not being well controlled, you should also see your doctor. People who have been diagnosed with asthma should have a written action plan that is developed by their doctor. The action plan will show your daily treatment and the steps you should take if you asthma symptoms get worse.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. National asthma education and prevention program expert panel report 3. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. Accessed January 25, 2016.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. How is asthma treated and controlled? Accessed January 25, 2016.
- American Lung Association. Understand your medication. Accessed January 25, 2016.
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.