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What is the goal of asthma treatment?

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The goal of asthma treatment is to avoid attacks so that you stay well. That’s often possible when you avoid your triggers, take your medicine, and follow the asthma action plan that you made with your doctor.

But if an asthma attack does happen, you must start treatment as soon as you notice symptoms.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Asthma Action Plan.”

UpToDate: “Management of Acute Exacerbations of Asthma in Adults.”

FDA: “Tertabuline Information.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Asthma Action Plan.”

UpToDate: “Management of Acute Exacerbations of Asthma in Adults.”

FDA: “Tertabuline Information.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

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