Asthma Action Plan
Managing your asthma properly can help you lead a normal, active life. An asthma action plan can be very useful. Safe and effective preventer and reliever medications for asthma can improve your health and are available for adults and children, but will only work if taken as prescribed. Some people find their asthma symptoms increase if they take other medications, like aspirin.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways in the lungs. These airways are very sensitive and swell up in response to certain triggers. The muscles in the airways tighten and the airway lining becomes swollen and inflamed, producing sticky mucous. These changes cause the airways to become narrow, making it difficult to breathe and causing typical asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
With good asthma management, you can lead a normal, active life. Following your personal written asthma action plan, developed with your doctor, is the best way to keep your asthma under control. An action plan provides simple instructions for routinely managing your asthma, plus advice on what to do if your asthma symptoms flare up.
Safe and effective preventer and reliever medications for asthma are available for adults and children. Medications to manage asthma symptoms can improve your health. They work best when you take them as prescribed by your doctor.