The Hard-Luck Asthmatic: Their Asthma Is Difficult to Control

These asthmatics have asthma that is difficult to manage, no matter how compliant they are with their asthma medicine and how hard they try to control their asthma.

By Rick Frea, respiratory therapist and asthmatic

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These are the asthmatics who, regardless of how compliant they are with their preventative medicines, still have bad asthma episodes. We don't know what bum luck would cause some asthmatics to get so bad, but some simply develop asthma that becomes difficult to control.

This can happen to any asthmatic from infant to adult. They see doctors on a regular basis. They are on all the state-of-the-art medicines (possibly even oral steroids), and yet still have asthma episodes regularly. They end up in hospitals more often than they'd like.

Asthma Attitude: "I'm really trying to manage my asthma, but it's tough."

Asthma Strengths: They are smart about asthma and work hard to control it.

Asthma Weaknesses: They must be careful not to abuse their quick-relief inhalers or just give up on managing their asthma.

Lessons to Live By: Stick with it. Follow your asthma management plan and change it if it's not working for you. Avoid your asthma triggers and always get help immediately when you need it.


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