Asthma has often been described as a wheezing sound when you breathe, but asthma is so much more! Asthma has also been falsely described as an emotional disease, but the disease is real and can be deadly if not treated properly. This page describes some of the common symptoms, triggers, and medications used in the treatment of asthma. These guidelines and the treatment of asthma and allergies should be discussed with your health-care professional.
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, the diagnosis could be asthma:
In addition, these symptoms or conditions are sometimes associated with asthma:
These symptoms could follow any pattern:
Asthma can happen any time in your life. Symptoms may be triggered by:
Asthma can be controlled!
With a customized Asthma Management Plan (AMP) developed by you and your physician, you and your family can lead an active, healthy life. Your AMP is your action plan giving you power over your symptoms. Every Asthma Management Plan will include the four steps that you take during:
If asthma symptoms keep you on a roller coaster of good times and bad, then you need an asthma specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist to give you a plan for recovery. Recovery can take weeks or months depending on how diligent you are in working with your physician.
Once you have achieved good control of symptoms, you will need a plan for preventing a relapse. You will need another plan for stopping an attack as it approaches - at the earliest possible moment. This is the early intervention plan.