If you were recently diagnosed with asthma, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
1. What is asthma?
2. What are the causes of asthma?
3. Are there things I can change in my life to reduce my risk of an asthma attack?
4. What kinds of tests will I need to monitor my asthma?
5. What kind of inhalers do I need?
6. How do I use an asthma inhaler?
7. Are there some alternative therapies I can use along with my asthma medications?
8. Is it safe to exercise with asthma?
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Recording this information will help you recognize asthma attacks and head them off before you become seriously ill. Your doctor will also use this diary to evaluate how well your asthma action plan is working.
If the highest PEF reading is less than 80% of your personal best, you must follow the instructions given by your health care provider in your asthma action plan. Also remember to check PEFs more frequently that day, including an evening PEF.