If you think you or your child may have asthma
, make an appointment with your health care provider. Some clues pointing to
asthma include the following:
If you or your child has
asthma, you should have an action plan worked out in advance with your
health care provider. This plan should include instructions on what to do when
asthma attack occurs, when to call the health care provider, and when to go
to a hospital emergency department.
asthma is a reversible disease, and treatments are available, people can die
from a severe
If you are having an asthma attack and have severe shortness of breath or are
unable to reach your health care provider in a short period of time, you must go
to the nearest hospital emergency department.
Note:Do not drive yourself to the hospital. Have a friend or family member
Current treatment regimens are designed to minimize discomfort, inconvenience,
and the extent to which you have to limit your activities. If you follow your
treatment plan closely, you should be able to avoid or reduce your visits to
your health care provider or the emergency department.
Know your triggers and do what you can to avoid them.
If you think your medication is not working, let
your health care provider know right away.
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