The Gallant Asthmatic: The Perfect Asthma Patient

These asthmatics do everything exactly as they are directed; they follow their asthma action plan and take their anti-inflammatory asthma medication even when they have no asthma symptoms.

These asthmatics are a doctor's best patients. They have their bronchodilator with them at all times, but only use it when necessary. They religiously take their controller, anti-inflammatory medicines. These are the patients that may visit the ER rarely, for breathing emergencies, but they take the information and education they are given and follow it, so they don't have to return to the ER.

Asthma Attitude: "I have asthma. Asthma doesn't have me."

Asthma Strengths: They are aware of their asthma symptoms and do all they can to keep them under control.

Asthma Weaknesses: Maybe, just maybe, it's really really difficult to be as perfect as this type of asthmatic. But you can try!

Lessons to Live By: Be like the Gallant asthmatic. Work closely with your doctor to tailor an asthma management plan that's best for you and then stick to it!

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