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"Asthmatics are notorious about accommodating their illness," he says. "When you ask them how they are doing the usual answer is, ‘OK.' But if you ask specific questions about what they aren’t doing because of their asthma, you get a better idea of how asthma is impacting their life."

Blaiss says even when long-acting, preventive medications are prescribed, patients may resist taking them, especially when they are not symptomatic.

"Asthma is a chronic disease, just like hypertension and diabetes," Blaiss says. "But we don’t have a simple number like blood pressure or A1c to tell patients how they are doing, so it’s often hard to get them to take the drugs they need to properly control their asthma."

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