Asthma can be managed so that you can
live a normal life.
Your asthma should not keep you from doing what you want. It
should not keep you from going to work or school. If it does, talk to your doctor
about your treatment.
Asthma is a disease that makes the airways
in your lungs inflamed.
This means your airways are swollen and sensitive. The swelling
is there all of the time, even when you feel just fine. The swelling can be
controlled with medicine and by staying away from things that bother your airways.
Many things in your home, school, work,
and other places can cause asthma attacks.
An asthma attack occurs when your airways narrow, making it
harder to breathe. Asthma attacks are sometimes called flare ups, exacerbations,
or episodes. Things in the air that you are allergic to (like pollen) can cause
an asthma attack. So can things that bother your airways like tobacco smoke.
You can learn to stay away from the things that cause you to have asthma attacks.
Asthma needs to be watched and cared
for over a very long time.
Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be treated. You can become
free of symptoms all or most of the time. But your asthma does NOT go away when
your symptoms go away. You will need to keep taking care of your asthma. Also,
over the years your asthma may change. Your asthma could get worse so you need
more medicine. That's why you need to keep in touch with your doctor.
Asthma can be controlled when you manage
your asthma and work with your doctor.
You play a big role in taking care of your asthma with your
doctor's help. Your job is to:
Take your medicines as your doctor suggests,
Watch for signs that your asthma is getting worse and act
quickly to stop the attack,
Stay away from things that can bother your asthma,
Ask your doctor about any concerns you have about your asthma,
See your doctor at least every 6 months.
When you do these things, you will gain — and keep control
of your asthma.