Taking Control of Your Asthma

Does anyone remember that Maroon 5 song, “Harder to Breathe”?

For anyone living with asthma, it really hits close to home.

However, just because you have asthma doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get outside or play sports. We’re sharing knowledge from our network of doctors to help you learn how to manage your asthma and live happier. Take control of your asthma––it should never hold you back!

What is asthma?

“Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc.” Dr. Sue Ferranti

How can you decrease asthma attacks?

“The best way to decrease asthma attacks is to reduce breathing tube irritability. This is achieved by taking controller medications (inhaled corticosteroids or oral leukotriene antagonists) daily or more as prescribed by your doctor. If you are allergic reduce or eliminate exposure to dust mite, animal dander & molds. Avoid cigarette smoke & indoor & outdoor pollution." — Dr. Steven Machtinger

What should you do if you have an asthma attack?

“A rescue inhaler (i.e. albuterol) is probably the best choice. If attacks are frequent and/or severe, an ‘asthma action plan’ should be developed between you and your physician. This will spell out exactly what steps are to be taken.” — Dr. Richard Williams

What now?

The first step towards managing your asthma is talking to a doctor. The second step is living a happier, healthier, and longer life once you manage those “harder to breathe” moments. :)

Author: Maya Gilliss-Chapman

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