Four Ways To Know Asthma Is Under Control In Your Life
Controlling of your asthma symptoms do you know when you are in control? Seems like a reasonably straight-forward question but it’s important for sufferers to understand the importance of it.
Complacency is a problem affecting many asthma sufferers; when you think you have it under control, the temptation to ease up on medication and “symptoms watch” is always there but it really is important to maintain a consistent level of asthma maintenance.
Try this simple test to determine if you are in an asthma control zone:
1. You use controller medication less than twice a week.
2. You sleep through the night and are not woken up by asthma symptoms such as coughing.
3. Asthma symptoms are not a constant during your week. In fact, experiencing symptoms less than twice a week is a sign of good control.
4. Your daily work is not disturbed. For instance, taking time off work or not able to exercise because of asthma symptoms on a regular basis is a sign non-control. If asthma isn’t interfering with your daily routine then you are performing good control maintenance.
Make no mistake, asthma is a killer and complacency should never enter into calculations. Let’s check the more common warning signs:
– Shortness of breath. This is the most common symptom and a sure sign an attack is imminent.
– Wheezing and coughing leading to difficulty with breathing. Sleep patterns being affected because of this.
– Experiencing tightness in the chest or even chest pain.
– Over use of inhalers. Be aware of this important aspect. While inhalers are in themselves lifesavers, take it as a warning sign it’s time to visit your doctor if you are using your inhaler on a regular or frequent basis.
Adult asthma is a very real issue. In fact, it’s somewhat of a fallacy asthma is a disease which only children get. There is still a chance, about one in ten, adults can develop asthma during their lifetime. How? Usually through what are termed as non-allergic triggers such as severe flus to being exposed to irritants in the workplace.
Do not take asthma symptoms as a sign of defeat. It can be controlled effectively with good management plans. Your doctor can help you to work out a strategy to keep asthma under control in your life.