What is a treatment for asthma?
Since asthma is a chronic disease, treatment goes on for a very
long time. Some people have to stay on treatment for the rest of
their lives. The best way to improve your condition and live your
life on your terms is to learn all you can about your asthma and
what you can do to make it better.
- Become a partner with your health-care provider and his or her
support staff. Use the resources they can offer -- information,
education, and expertise -- to help yourself.
- Become aware of your asthma triggers and do what you can to
- Follow the treatment recommendations of your health-care
provider. Understand your treatment. Know what each drug does and
how it is used.
- See your health-care provider as scheduled.
- Report any changes or worsening of your symptoms promptly.
- Report any side effects you are having with your
These are the goals of treatment:
- prevent ongoing and bothersome symptoms;
- prevent asthma attacks;
- prevent attacks severe enough to require a visit to your
provider or an emergency department or hospitalization;
- carry on with normal activities.
- maintain normal or near-normal lung function; and
- have as few side effects of medication as possible.