This post was sponsored by the American Lung Association. All opinions are my own.
Do you worry if your asthma is controlled? There have been times I’ve panicked when a coughing fit has started. I have had asthma attacks that have really scared me.
My asthma is mostly allergen induced and sometimes exercise induced. My son also has asthma, but he has it more often in the winter which often leads to asthmatic bronchitis.
Do you have Severe Asthma?
There are more than 25 million people who live with asthma. While most can live healthy and active lives, up to 10% of people living with asthma have severe symptoms even when they avoid triggers and are on high doses of asthma medications.
Severe asthma can be very dangerous with the potential for illness and depression. It can often be the cause of missed work and school days.
Control is the Key
Even if you have severe asthma, you and your doctor can control it. There are ways to help even the most severe of asthma cases.
My son used to spend a week or two out of school every single winter with asthmatic bronchitis. Now his allergist has helped us control it during those winter months when it was always the worst.
It’s not perfect, but it has greatly controlled his breathing issues. He is able to play varsity tennis at school without struggling to breathe. And, this winter he only missed a couple of days of school instead of almost two weeks like he has almost every school year for 4-5 years.
When I would have an asthma attack, I would wonder if I would just stop breathing. I can’t tell you how many times I was in the doctor’s office for a breathing treatment. Sometimes no matter what I did, it would lead to a case of bronchitis or pneumonia that would last for weeks.
Thankfully, my allergist and I have gotten it under control. I have become much better at avoiding the triggers along with medications that do help me control it. It’s been over a year since I had an asthma attack related to allergens.
Take Control of Your Asthma
Do you think your asthma is well controlled? It’s so important to keep on top of it. The American Lung Association has made it easy to take control of your asthma with these three easy steps to get you started:
- Take the My Asthma Control Assessment – It’s a quick little quiz that gives you a score based on symptoms related to your asthma in the last four weeks.
- Download the Asthma Control Summary to take to your doctor.
- Get Questions to Ask Your Doctor.
You don’t have to struggle to breath. There are ways to help even the most severe asthma cases. Start today and get your asthma under control.