10 Tips for People Newly Diagnosed with Asthma

by John Bottrell Health Professional

Educate, educate, educate

This is essential for all asthmatics. The more you know the better off you'll be. You're off to a good start simply by reading this and browsing the resources here at HealthCentral.

Know you are not alone

You have the companionship of about 25 million Americans and 300 million people worldwide who also have asthma.

Asthma can be controlled

By seeing your doctor regularly, and getting on the right asthma medicines, you can get your asthma under control.

See your doctor at least yearly

This is essential to get your asthma controlled. New asthmatics may need to see their doctors every 4 to 6 months until you gain the control you deserve.

You'll need to create an asthma action plan

When your asthma acts up, you'll need to know what to do. For this reason, you'll want to work with your asthma doctor to create an asthma action plan.

Once controlled, you can prevent asthma attacks

It's true. If you do everything your doctor says, and you work hard to avoid your asthma triggers, you should be able to PREVENT asthma from interfering with your life.

Take your asthma controller medicine every day

This is essential. You must take your asthma controller medicine, especially when you feel good. This will keep your lungs strong and fit for when you are exposed to your asthma triggers.

Know your asthma triggers

These are things that irritate you and trigger your asthma. Examples include dust mites, tree pollen, grass pollen, ragweed pollen, mold, strong smells, pollution, and cockroach urine.

Hang out with fellow asthmatics

Many of these asthmatics share their experiences and knowledge they've obtained. You can find them at asthma communities like this.

Be a Gallant Asthmatic

If you're perfect, and do everything right, you should be able to gain asthma control and maintain it. You might benefit from some tips from Jake Gallant, but stay away from Joe Goofus.

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John Bottrell

John Bottrell is a registered Respiratory Therapist. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).