Don’t let asthma control your life. Learn how to control your asthma.
Asthma contributes to 10.5 million missed school days each year and 14.2 workdays lost per adult each year, and costs the United States an estimated $60 billion each year.
Asthma is a chronic condition of the lungs. Airways swell, inflame, and clog with mucus or fluid, making it difficult to breathe. Severe, or difficult to control, asthma is a greater threat to your or your child’s health.
Well-controlled patients should be experiencing symptoms no more than once a month and should experience no limits to everyday activities. Signs that your asthma may be difficult to control include:
- You have asthma symptoms more than two days a week
- Your asthma wakes you up two or more times a month
- You refill your quick-relief bronchodilator prescription more than two times a year
- You visit the ER, urgent care or hospital due to asthma symptoms
- You require frequent doses of oral steroids to control your asthma symptoms
The CHEST Foundation and Allergy & Asthma Network have joined forces to provides resources and raise awareness of difficult to control asthma.
Facts About Asthma
Many patients have the dangerous misconception that their asthma is well controlled when actually it is not. This can be a life-threatening mistake. Watch and share the testimonial videos to raise awareness of the condition, and encourage patients to take a more active role in managing and monitoring asthma symptoms and choosing the best treatment plan for each individual.
“What we want people to understand, is that at the time of Ben’s passing, he was on a preventative med. He was going to the doctor routinely. We had actually just been to the asthma doctor… We were seeing somebody, had an action plan, and everybody knew what they had to do. Even with all of that, it still came to this.”