Learn more about asthma
Asthma is a serious lung disease, and inflammation of your airways is a major factor. Inflammation can make your airways more sensitive and more narrow than usual, making it harder to breathe. If the inflammation caused by your asthma isn’t treated correctly, your symptoms may get worse. It is important to monitor your symptoms so that you can recognize when they are getting worse. Some days you may feel great, with no symptoms at all. That doesn’t mean your asthma has gone away. You can’t cure your asthma, but working along with your healthcare provider, you can learn to manage it. Learning how to manage your asthma may help you keep it under control.
As part of your asthma treatment, you need a rescue inhaler and you may also need a daily preventive asthma medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS). If you need a daily preventive asthma medication, it is important to take it as prescribed, even if you don’t notice any changes right away. It may take up to 2 weeks or longer after starting an ICS to experience maximum benefit.
Current asthma guidelines suggest that if you are using your rescue inhaler more than 2 days a week to treat sudden symptoms, your asthma may not be well controlled. Talk to your healthcare provider about your asthma.
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