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During an asthma flare-up, your airways swell and narrow as a reaction to certain things (triggers). This makes it hard to breathe.
You may be able to prevent asthma flare-ups if you avoid the things that set off your asthma symptoms. Keeping your asthma under control and treating symptoms before they get bad can help you avoid severe flare-ups.
If you can control your asthma, you will be able to do all of your normal daily activities. You may also avoid asthma flare-ups and trips to the hospital.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results, including spirometry, keep a list of the medicines you take, build an Asthma Action Plan and keep it handy.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 7/27/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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