You can control the impact
of asthma with an asthma action plan. A good action plan reminds you to take your daily controller medicines and to be aware of your symptoms and triggers. It also tells you how to make
quick decisions about medicine and treatment when you need to.
See your doctor regularly to
monitor your asthma. How often you'll need checkups depends
on how well your asthma is controlled. Checkups are recommended every 1 to 6
months. Bring your asthma plan to appointments.
Set goals that
relate to your quality of life. Being able to measure your success motivates you to follow your asthma plan consistently. Decide what you want to
be able to do. Have nights free of symptoms? Be able to exercise on a regular
basis? Feel secure in knowing you can deal with an asthma attack? Work with
your doctor to see if your goals are realistic and how to meet them.
Know your barriers and solutionsKnow your barriers and solutions. What may prevent you from
following your plan? These may be physical barriers, such as living far from
your doctor or pharmacy. Or you may have emotional barriers, such as
fears about asthma, or unrealistic expectations. Discuss your barriers
with your doctor, and work to find solutions.