If you have difficulty controlling your asthma, try tracking your symptoms. “Use an asthma diary to record when you experience wheezing while exhaling, shortness of breath while exercising or chest tightness, or have difficulty sleeping because of your asthma,” says Sandra Zakroff, MD, family medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “You should also record how often you need to use a quick-relief inhaler. You and your doctor can work together to determine how you should change your treatment regimen so you can keep your daily symptoms under control.”
The key to controlling your asthma is using the right long-term medications on a daily basis. These can include inhalers and oral medications. “Your doctor can help you create a plan that tells you, in writing, when to take certain medications, or when to increase or decrease your dose based on the symptoms you are experiencing,” says Zakroff.
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