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Asthma

An asthma action plan
If you or your child has asthma, it is important to learn how to take care of yourself. One way to do this is to have a written asthma action plan. The plan usually includes what asthma medicine to take every day and how to treat an asthma attack. You'll also learn to keep an asthma diary where you record the triggers that cause asthma symptoms. Following your plan can help you live the life you want and stay active with fewer problems from asthma. Start here with tips and strategies to help you develop your plan, follow your action plan, and review your plan with our doctor.  

Easing the wheezing
Asthma is a lifelong problem, but it doesn't have to hold you back. If you or your child has been recently diagnosed, it may seem overwhelming. But there are some simple steps that can help you to take control of your asthma. With regular practice, they will become a part of your normal routine. Learn how to follow your asthma action plan, check your peak flow, know your asthma zones, and use your asthma diary with this helpful guide

Asthma and your child
Asthma affects children in different ways. Some children have only occasional asthma attacks. Others have many asthma attacks that send them to the doctor often. If your child has asthma, the first thing to know is that treatment can control it. And as a parent, you can do a lot to help your child learn to live a healthy and active life. Start by understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments of asthma. Then find out what you can do to prevent your child's asthma attacks. Read all about it here

Active with asthma
Exercise-induced asthma is often not diagnosed, especially in children. If you or your child has symptoms such as shortness of breath early in an exercise period and trouble breathing that goes away 20 to 30 minutes after exercise, be sure to tell your doctor. Using asthma-controlling medicine before exercise may help reduce symptoms, especially in cold, dry weather. Here are more tips that asthma experts recommend to ease your symptoms

Breathe easy: Know your asthma triggers
If you have asthma, an asthma attack can happen when you are exposed to certain triggers. Triggers are different for every person, so it's important that you what triggers your asthma. Allergens, or substances a person may be allergic to, are common asthma triggers. These allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold, and animal dander. There are other triggers that can cause asthma symptoms too. Did you know that pollution, hormones, and some medicines can be asthma triggers? Find out more about allergens and asthma triggers here

 

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