Asthma Relief and Self-Care
Keeping an Asthma Diary
Keeping an asthma diary allows you to record your asthma symptoms, triggers, and treatment, so you can monitor your asthma. With the asthma diary, you can also record your peak expiratory flow (PEF) readings, compare your PEF readings with your asthma zones, and keep track of how often you use asthma medications for a sudden asthma attack. Keeping an asthma diary will help you recognize asthma attacks and head them off before you become seriously ill. Your health care provider can use this diary to evaluate how well your asthma action plan is working.
For more detail, see WebMD’s article on Keeping an Asthma Diary.
Managing Your Child’s Asthma at School
It’s important to communicate with your child’s teachers and other caregivers for optimal asthma relief when your child is away from home. Managing your child’s asthma at school is vital, even if your child has only a mild case of asthma and doesn't need to take asthma medicines when at school.
With one out of every 10 children diagnosed with asthma today, most schools have many children with asthma, so many teachers -- and certainly the school nurses -- are very familiar with helping children with asthma. Still, it is important to make sure your child gets adequate asthma support at school and that all the relevant people at school are familiar with what is needed to help your child. Also, if your child is bringing asthma medications to school, it’s important that you instruct the teacher and any other adult who cares for your child how to properly give these medications.
For more detail, see WebMD's article on Managing Your Child’s Asthma at School.
Controlling Asthma Triggers
Controlling asthma triggers is possible if you know which triggers or allergens cause your symptoms. Your asthma triggers may be dust mites, molds, pollens, pets, cockroaches, and household irritants. Secondhand tobacco smoke may also be an asthma trigger. Other asthma triggers include ozone, environmental toxins, strong odors, weather fronts, cold air, and humidity.
Once you know your asthma triggers, make plans to avoid these triggers at home, at work, and during recreational activities.
For more detail, see WebMD’s article on Controlling Asthma Triggers.