During an asthma attack, 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 attacks 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 attacks.
If you can control your asthma, you may be able to do all of your normal daily activities. You may also avoid asthma attacks 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 and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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