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You can do a lot to manage your asthma and improve your quality of life. You will need to work with your health care provider to develop a plan. But it’s up to you to put this plan into action.
You need to control the inflammation in your lungs. You also need to relieve symptoms when you have them. These are long-term tasks. But the more you stay in control, the better you’ll feel. If you don’t stay in control:
Asthma symptoms may cause you to miss school, work, or activities that you enjoy.
Asthma flare-ups can be dangerous, even deadly.
Uncontrolled asthma makes it more likely that you will need emergency department and in-hospital care.
Uncontrolled asthma may cause permanent damage to your lungs.
Peak flow monitoring helps measure how open your airways are.
Taking medication helps you control your asthma and relieve symptoms when they occur.
Using an Asthma Action Plan will help you keep track of and respond to asthma symptoms.
Avoiding triggers—the things that inflame your airways—will help prevent symptoms and flare-ups.
Your health care provider will help you prepare, and when needed, update and Asthma Action Plan. Your plan tells you what to do based on your current symptoms. If you don't have an Asthma Action Plan, or if yours isn't up-to-date, make sure you talk with your health care provider.
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