You need to
monitor your condition and have regular checkups to
keep asthma under control and to review and possibly update your
asthma action plan. Checkups are recommended every 1
to 6 months, depending on how well your asthma is controlled.
During checkups, your doctor will ask about information you may have tracked in an
asthma diary, such as:
Based on the results, your asthma category may
change, and your doctor may change the medicines you use or how much medicine
Tests to identify triggers
If you have persistent
asthma and take medicine every day, your doctor may ask about your exposure to
substances (allergens) that cause an allergic reaction. For more
information about testing for triggers, see the topic
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 14, 2014
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