May is Asthma Awareness Month, but there’s nothing wrong with a little head start. The place to begin, of course, is determining if you have asthma or, if you do, if it’s being managed well.
The Asthma Initiative of Michigan has a list of warning signs and symptoms for asthma that can help. It’s broken down into “early warning signs” that may indicate the need for evaluation and treatment; signs that an asthma attack is starting and the “danger signs” that indicate an acute attack.
If you know you or a loved one have asthma, they also have a “rule of two” test to help you determine if it’s under control or additional treatment may be needed. They suggest that if use a “quick-relief inhaler” more than two times a week, refill the inhaler prescription more than twice a year, or wake up at night with asthma symptoms more than twice a month, your asthma is not under control.
Asthma is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease. There’s no cure, but it can be controlled with medications and management of environmental triggers. May is an appropriate time to learn more about asthma, as the arrival of spring brings with it any number of asthma trigger.
Watch our blog during the Month of May for more on asthma treatment and management.