Asthma control is about more than just treating sudden asthma symptoms. Asthma control is about managing your asthma daily so you may have few or no asthma symptoms in the first place.
When you have asthma, you always have inflammation or swelling in the airways of your lungs. You may not feel this inflammation, but your lungs do. Uncontrolled inflammation (swelling) makes your airways more sensitive to asthma triggers like pollen, dust, and smoke. Exposure to these asthma triggers can cause constriction (tightening) of the muscles around your airways, leading to asthma symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness of the chest, and coughing. Medicines that help to control asthma can help control the inflammation in your airways and help reduce your sensitivity to asthma triggers.
Is your asthma under control?
• Do you experience asthma symptoms more than twice a week?
• Do you use asthma rescue medicine more than twice a week?
• Do your asthma symptoms limit your activities?