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Asthma makes it hard for you to breathe. During a flare-up, the airways swell and narrow. Severe asthma flare-ups can be dangerous, but you can usually prevent them. Controlling asthma and treating symptoms before they get bad can help you avoid bad flare-ups. You may also avoid future trips to the doctor.
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: 1/12/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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