Make Every Month Asthma Awareness Month

May is National Asthma Awareness Month

Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. In United States alone there are 25.5 million people living with asthma, a disease affecting the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.

Using what you know about managing your asthma can give you control over this chronic disease. At Art of Care, Inc. we do everything possible to raise awareness that asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening disease that can be controlled. Don't wait to take action – you can make every month Asthma Awareness Month.

Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage this disease successfully to reduce and prevent asthma attacks. Successful asthma management includes knowing the warning signs of an attack, avoiding things that may trigger an attack, and following the advice of your healthcare provider. 

We suggest the following six key actions, recommended by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, that patients and clinicians can work together on to seize control of asthma:

  1. Use inhaled corticosteroids to control asthma if you have persistent asthma. Your doctor will help you choose the best treatment.
  2. Use a written asthma action plan (AAP) to highlight two things: what to do daily to control your asthma, and how to handle symptoms or asthma attacks.
  3. Assess asthma severity at the initial visit to determine what treatment to start to get your asthma under control.
  4. 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.
  5. Control environmental exposures such as allergens or irritants that worsen your asthma.
  6. Schedule follow-up visits at periodic intervals, and at least every six months.

Asthma Triggers

Use your asthma medicine as prescribed and be aware of common triggers in the environment known to bring on asthma symptoms, including smoke (including second-hand and third-hand cigarette smoke), household pets, dust mites, molds, nitrogen dioxide and chemical irritants. Limit or avoid exposure to these and other triggers whenever possible.

The important thing to remember is that you can control your asthma.

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