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can asthma always be controlled? what tips do you have?

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Numerous ways: Once the diagnosis of asthma has been made, it is a primary goal to reduce your "trigger" exposures as much as possible. This can be animal dander, cold air, dust mites, occupational and environmental irritants and allergies in general. Proper, routine use of your "controllers" is also vital. Rescue inhalers are exactly that- for rescue not routine use. Keep peak flow readings, & a good daily log.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Develop a plan: Successful asthma control can be achieved when you find a doc you can work with, learn the treatments & monitoring devices & develop a plan. This plan would include a way to tell if your control is getting better or worse (peak flow meter,symptom chart).It would include a plan for daily meds and when to use episodic rescue meds.an understanding of when to call or go in.

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18 and just diagnosed as asthma free. Taken off my meds. My breathing is bad but will it get better over time?

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