Asthma is a lung condition resulting from inflammation of the airways and sometimes extra mucous production. Asthma symptoms range from mild and intermittent to constant, more severe symptoms. The primary symptoms of asthma are wheezing and cough. Symptoms can be brought on by triggers such as allergies, illness, or exercise.
Because asthma symptoms can change over time, monitoring asthma and making certain treatments are working well is essential. Creating an asthma action plan with your healthcare provider gives you an individualized way to monitor and treat asthma. Asthma action plans allow you to track symptoms, medication use, and response to medications. The plan will provide you with steps to take in an emergency or if medications are not helping.
Signs that asthma may be worsening include:
- More frequent coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
- Needing to use your inhaler more often
- Trouble sleeping due to asthma symptoms
Always be alert for asthma emergencies and get immediate care if you have:
- Rapidly worsening shortness of breath or wheezing
- No improvement with inhaler use
- Shortness of breath with even minimal physical activity
Our healthcare providers will create an individualized asthma action plan and asthma monitoring program to ensure your asthma remains well controlled.