Asthma is a chronic condition that is characterized by episodes of cough, chest tightness, wheezing and/or shortness of breath. Flare-ups ("asthma attacks") can occur anytime, but are usually triggered by an allergen (pollen, dust or other allergens), or an irritant, like smoke. Asthma symptoms may be worse at night or during activity. Knowing your triggers and avoiding those that you can, may prevent, or reduce the severity, of "attack."
"Asthma attacks" can also be reduced by having an 'asthma action plan' and following the medical recommendations as outlined by your medical provider. You may have been prescribed one or more controller medication, which is to be use daily, depending upon the severity or classification of your asthma.
Other than knowing your triggers and avoiding them, using your controller medication as prescribed is very effective in treating asthma. You will feel better, rest better, and will be able to become more active. The number of missed work or school days due to asthma can be reduced.
Remember, asthma can be life threatening, but is manageable. As the "asthma season" approaches, the time for prevention is now. Don't wait to start your controller medications during an "attack," begin today.