Asthma is a condition that narrows and inflames the airways. This can make it difficult to breathe and cause wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness. While there is no cure for asthma, symptoms can be managed with medication and lifestyle adaptations. It’s important to keep in touch with your doctor regarding your symptoms to adjust treatment as necessary. Your Ogden Clinic physician can also educate you about asthma triggers that can worsen your symptoms such as sinusitis, colds, the flu, allergens, tobacco smoke, exercise, changes in weather, and medications.
Asthma management will involve taking your prescribed medication as directed by your Ogden Clinic physician, and avoiding known asthma triggers. There are a few different types of long-term medications including:
For relief during an asthma attack, there are quick-relief medications available such as:
It’s important to note that quick-relief medications should not be used more than twice a week. If you are relying on a quick-relief medication more than twice a week, schedule an appointment with your Ogden Clinic provider.
With proper treatment, asthma is a manageable disease. By following the asthma treatment plan created in partnership with your Ogden Clinic doctor and by taking your medication as prescribed, you can minimize your symptoms and enjoy a life without interruption from asthma.