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What should an asthma diary include?

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A diary is a way to keep track of how well-controlled your asthma is. Every day, write down:

All of this information, collected in one place, helps you and your doctor see patterns and recognize warnings of asthma attacks. You can learn to prevent them or stop them before you get very ill.

Your doctor can also check your diary to see how well your asthma action plan is working.

  • Any asthma symptoms you had and how you're feeling
  • Where you were and what you were doing right before a flare
  • When you're using medication and how much
  • Your PEF numbers

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is a peak flow meter?" and "My Asthma Action Plan." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Action Plan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Mind-Body Medicine--An Overview."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is a peak flow meter?" and "My Asthma Action Plan." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Action Plan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Mind-Body Medicine--An Overview."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

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