Understanding Your Asthma
Understanding your asthma triggers and talking with your doctor about what you can do to control your asthma are simple steps in taking back your life.
Asthma is one of those conditions that can go unchecked for a long time. Either you forget you have it, hopefully, because you have it well controlled, or you have normalized your symptoms and your baseline for feeling good has moved.
Does going up a flight of stairs take your breath away? Are you waking up at night gasping for air? These are just a few of the signs that you may have uncontrolled asthma. Understanding your asthma will not only help you manage these simple activities, like getting a full night of sleep, it will also help you feel like a more empowered patient.
We believe that knowing what is happening in your body is key to feeling secure with an asthma diagnosis. Asthma can be easily brushed off as a little wheezing, but that wheeze can turn into something scary in a split second.
You are not alone with asthma
According to AAFA approximately 25 million Americans have asthma. This equals about 1 in 13 Americans, including 8 percent of adults and 7 percent of children.
You should never feel afraid to speak up or seek medical advice when it comes to asthma. The great news is that when you have well-controlled asthma you can get back to everyday activities without worries.