(HealthDay News) -- Taking medications as prescribed and avoiding triggers can help keep asthma under control, but you should look for warning signs that your asthma may be worsening.
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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute mentions these potential signs that asthma is getting worse:
- Your symptoms become more severe or occur more frequently. Or they affect you more at night and interfere with sleep.
- Symptoms are causing you to restrict usual activities or miss school or work.
- Your peak flow number has decreased from your personal best, or your results fluctuate significantly from day to day.
- Asthma medications appear to become ineffective.
- You're using a quick-relief inhaler more frequently.
- You've visited the emergency room or doctor due to an asthma attack.
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor without delay.
-- Diana Kohnle
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