Together we can help control asthma.

This World Asthma Day (May 5, 2015) and Asthma Awareness Month (May 2015) the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) encourages you to discover how.

A comprehensive approach is needed to improve asthma care and control. Like diabetes or high blood pressure, properly managing your asthma symptoms requires daily attention and ongoing education.

There are six key actions, recommended by the NAEPP, that clinicians, patients, and all others who touch the life of someone with asthma can work together on to seize control of asthma so that asthma doesn't seize control of asthma patients.

Assess asthma severity at the initial visit to determine what is the best treatment to start to get your asthma under control.

Use inhaled corticosteroids (or appropriate alternatives) to control asthma if you have persistent asthma. Your doctor will help you choose the best treatment.

Assess and monitor how well controlled your asthma is at follow up visits. Your doctor may need to increase or decrease your medicine to keep asthma under control.

Schedule follow-up visits at periodic intervals, and at least every six months, so we can assess your progress or make any necessary changes in your treatment plan.

Use a written asthma action plan to highlight two things:

1) what to do daily to control your asthma, and 2) how to handle symptoms or asthma attacks.

Control environmental exposures such as allergens or irritants that worsen your asthma.

It takes an entire community—people from all sectors—to help create the type of care and environment that will make it easier for the 1 in 12 Americans who have asthma breathe more easily and live life more fully.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms such as a dry cough (especially at night or in response to specific “triggers”); tightness or pressure in the chest; difficulty breathing; wheezing or a whistling sound when exhaling; shortness of breath after exercise; or colds that go to the chest and “hang on” for 10 days or more, you could be experiencing asthma. If you have any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them or try to treat them yourself. Get a definitive diagnosis from an allergy & asthma specialist who can understand your symptoms, conduct appropriate lung function testing and test for allergies. This will provide the necessary clinical information to make a correct diagnosis and come up with appropriate treatment options to control and reduce your symptoms and help you feel better.

If you have asthma, schedule an appointment to review your current treatment, obtain lung function testing, and discuss other options, including immunotherapy, for better control of your underlying allergies.

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