How will you know when your asthma is under control? When you can feel your best while using the least amount of medicine.
Get started today by checking out these six strategies for better breathing.
1. Partner up on a plan
To get asthma under control, you’ll need to check in regularly with your doctor.* Work with your doctor on an action plan that spells out when and how to take your medicines—and what you should do in an emergency.
2. Remember your daily dose
Your long-term control medicines help reduce airway inflammation and prevent asthma flare-ups. Taking them every day — or as often as directed — may greatly relieve your symptoms, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
3. Stay on track
Did your doctor give you a peak flow meter to measure how well your lungs are working? Use it to track your symptoms — and get an early warning when they’re worsening.
4. Use quick-relief medicines wisely
When you feel your symptoms worsening, your quick-relief medicine may help open your airways fast. But if you need to use this medicine more than twice a week, tell your doctor. It could mean your action plan needs to be adjusted.
5. Avoid your triggers
Pollen. Furry or feathered pets. Smoke. Any of these can trigger asthma symptoms. Find out what your triggers are — and stay away from them as much as possible.
6. Get physical
Exercise may sometimes trigger asthma symptoms — but being active is key to good health. So ask your doctor how you can exercise without causing a flare-up.
For safety’s sake, talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level.