Living with asthma can be challenging, but if you pay attention to the details of an asthma management plan, you or your child can lead an active, healthy life.
A positive approach to living with asthma will start with an asthma management plan focused on controlling your asthma and preventing it from interfering with your lifestyle. Work with your doctor to devise a plan that works for you.
A management plan should include:
Living with asthma is easier with knowledge The more you know about asthma, what causes your symptoms and how to prevent them, the better you'll be able to take care of yourself. Here are some things you need to know:
Don't let asthma get in the way of everyday life
The key to living with asthma successfully is to keep it under control. Asthma treatment has come so far in the last couple of decades that people who have asthma today can do just about anything that people without asthma can do, including competitive sports.
Contact with asthma triggers can be limited by controlling your environment, monitoring your condition and following your treatment plan strictly. Even people who take their asthma medicine exactly as prescribed and who work to avoid triggers can have the occasional asthma attack. When your asthma is not under control, some of the signs that you should not ignore are:
You can still have a healthy, active life when living with asthma. Dealing with any health issue, including asthma, may be stressful at times and, unfortunately, stress can be a trigger for asthma attacks. Therefore it is important to learn how to cope with the challenges and frustrations of living with asthma in as positive a way as possible.