Living with asthma

You can actively manage your asthma symptoms to enjoy a full and active life. The goal is to prevent long-term (chronic) symptoms that interfere with daily living, such as coughing or shortness of breath during the night or after exercise.

What does it mean to have asthma “under control?”

Your asthma is under control when you experience very few symptoms throughout the day and you can perform daily activities without shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing or wheezing.1 You should be able to sleep through the night without symptoms, have few or no daytime symptoms, exercise and complete your daily routines without using a quick-relief medication or using it on a minimal basis.2

Some of the ways to control your asthma include taking an active role by avoiding asthma triggers, using medication properly, working with a health care provider to develop an asthma action plan and having regular checkups.

Asthma action plans

It is recommended that every person living with asthma have an asthma action plan that is completed together with you and your health care provider.

An asthma action plan outlines the steps to prevent or manage an asthma episode. The plan is customized just for you or your child and often includes:3

  • appropriate use of medications
  • what actions to take when you or your child is having asthma symptoms or a low peak flow reading
  • signs of an asthma attack
  • when to seek emergency care
  • emergency contact information

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