Do you know the difference between asthma symptom relief and asthma control?
You may find relief with a quick-relief inhaler, but this does not necessarily mean you are effectively controlling your asthma. In fact, if you are using a quick-relief inhaler more than twice a week, other than for exercise-related symptoms, your asthma may not be controlled. When dealing with persistent asthma, control is about treating chronic inflammation and preventing symptoms before they occur.
If you think your asthma may not be under control with your current treatment, it's time to check in with a doctor. With continuous, long-term treatment, most people can keep their asthma under control. Visit a doctor about every six months or more frequently if needed, to make sure your or your child's asthma action plan is working. Filling out our asthma symptoms checklist and bringing it to your next doctor's appointment may help guide your discussion.