If you suspect that you or your child may have asthma, it's essential to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider. Common signs pointing to asthma include:
If you or your child has asthma, it's important to have an action plan prepared in advance with your healthcare provider. This plan should include instructions for managing an asthma attack, when to contact your healthcare provider, and when to visit a hospital emergency department.
Although asthma is a reversible condition with available treatments, severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening.
If you're having a severe asthma attack and can't reach your healthcare provider quickly, head to the nearest hospital emergency department. However, do not drive yourself; have a friend or family member drive you.
Note: Current treatment plans aim to minimize discomfort and restrictions in your daily activities. By closely following your treatment plan, you can reduce visits to your healthcare provider or the emergency department.
Identify your asthma triggers and take steps to avoid them.
If you believe your medication isn't effective, promptly inform your healthcare provider.