Asthma Control: Know Your Score (cont.)
The second thing is to understand that control of asthma involves many, many elements. What people need is an asthma action plan. They ought to do this with their physician or other health care provider. The action plan includes many things. The corner stone, of course, is the right medication. But also important is the understanding of what your asthma triggers are, perhaps allergies or cigarette smoke or sometimes even exercise, and learning how to deal with or avoid the triggers. An important part of your action plan is knowing what to do in an emergency: what to do when you have an attack. Patients ought to know exactly how to adjust their medication and when to ask for help. For children at school, part of an asthma action plan is communicating with teachers, especially physical education teachers. Children with asthma should not be made to sit on the bench. Teachers should know exactly how to tailor their program to those children.
I guess the last thing is, remember that the American Lung Association wants everybody with asthma to know that just living with it, just accepting symptoms, is not necessary. Most people can feel better and function better.
One of the best things you can do is find the best exercise for you. It's been found, for example, that swimming is a great exercise for most people with asthma (not all -- occasionally they are sensitive to the chlorine in the pools.) For many people swimming is a superb exercise that does not trigger an asthma attack.
In general, the kinds of exercise that do trigger asthma attacks are bursts of intense activity. You might try and tailor your exercise to something different.
Again, consult with your physician and make sure the medications are optimized. Keep trying. Don't give up.
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