Have you had enough of your asthma?
Are you finding that your asthma is stopping you from enjoying life? Are you aware of your symptoms more than you’d like to be? If you’re thinking “Yes!” you’ve probably had enough of your asthma.
Managing your asthma and its symptoms is very important – your goal should be to have very few or no symptoms at all, this means your asthma is controlled or well managed4. However everyone is different, and what might be normal for you might not be for someone else2,4
However if your asthma is uncontrolled, or not well managed, and you need to use your rescue inhaler regularly or you often experience symptoms, it may mean:
- Your treatment is not working effectively
- You may not be taking your medication properly
- The type of asthma you have may not be confirmed
- You may be exposed to/doing thing that cause your asthma to worsen
You may need to visit your doctor for an assessment of your asthma so that they can determine what type of asthma you have, its severity as well as identifying what may be triggering it.
If you’d like to see if your asthma is affecting your daily life, take our survey which may help you.
Are you having a bad day?
Everybody suffers from, and experiences, asthma differently2. What might be a good day for you could be a bad day for someone else experiencing similar symptoms. A good way to tell how well you are doing is to monitor your daily symptoms and write them down. You should ask yourself, and keep a record of, the following4:
Do you have difficulty sleeping because of your asthma?
Has your asthma interfered with usual daily activities (e.g. sports, walking up the stairs, etc.)?
When are your asthma symptoms at their worst? Has this worsened?
How often are you using your inhaler? Is this more than normal?
You should then share your records with your doctor at your next appointment so you can work together and manage your symptoms.