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Learn How To Recognize Asthma Control In Your Life - Try This Simple Four Step Test!

Aug 17, 2007
Do you know when you are in control of your asthma symptoms? Seems like a reasonably straight-forward question but it's important for sufferers to understand the importance of it.

Complacency is a problem affecting many asthma sufferers; when you think you have it under control, the temptation to ease up on medication and "symptoms watch" is always there but it really is important to maintain a consistent level of maintenance.

Try this simple test to determine if you are in an asthma control zone:

1. You use controller medication less than twice a week.

2. You sleep through the night and are not woken up by symptoms such as coughing.

3. Asthma symptoms are not a constant during your week. In fact, experiencing symptoms less than twice a week is a sign of good control.

4. Your day-to-day routine is unimpeded. For example, taking time off work or unable to exercise because of symptoms on a regular basis is a sign non-control. If asthma isn't interfering with your daily routine then you are performing good control maintenance.

Warning Signs

In the USA alone, asthma symptoms affects more than 20 million people and causes at least 4000 deaths. Nearly three per cent of sufferers are hospitalised a year so recognizing the warning signs is vital. Make no mistake, it's a killer and complacency should never enter into calculations. Let's check the more common warning signs:

- Shortness of breath. This is the most common symptom and a sure sign an attack is imminent.

- Wheezing and coughing leading to difficulty with breathing. Sleep patterns being affected because of this.

- Experiencing tightness in the chest or even chest pain.

- Over use of inhalers. Be aware of this important aspect. While inhalers are in themselves lifesavers, take it as a warning sign it's time to visit your doctor if you are using your inhaler on a regular or frequent basis.

Adult Asthma

Adult asthma is a very real issue. In fact, it's somewhat of a fallacy it's a disease which only children get. There is still a chance, about one in ten, adults can develop it during their lifetime. How? Usually through what are termed as non-allergic triggers such as severe flus to being exposed to irritants in the workplace.

If you experience asthma symptoms then don't accept it as a sign of defeat. It can be controlled effectively with good management practices. You just need to know when it's set to rear it's ugly head. Your doctor can help you devise a strategy to keep asthma under control in your life.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Try these tips to enhance asthma control in your life! Also read the latest asthma related news and views at:http://www.asthmainfoline.com
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