How to better control asthma
If your asthma is under control, you're more likely to have a better quality of life and be more able to do the things you want to, and be less likely to be admitted to hospital.
Is your asthma under control?
In the last month:
- Have you had difficulty sleeping because of your asthma symptoms (including cough, wheeze, chest tightness and breathlessness)?
- Have you had your usual asthma symptoms during the day (cough, wheeze, chest tightness or breathlessness)?
- Has your asthma interfered with your usual activities - e.g. housework, work, school etc?
If you've answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, it may be that your asthma is not as well controlled as it could be. You can take the Asthma Control Test to get a snapshot of how well your asthma has been controlled over the last four weeks, giving you a simple score out of 25.
Signs that your asthma is not well controlled
- Waking at night with coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or a tight chest
- Increased shortness of breath on waking up in the morning
- Needing more and more reliever treatment or reliever not working very well
- Unable to continue your usual level of activity or exercise
If you have any concerns that your asthma is not well controlled, you should visit your doctor or asthma nurse to discuss this with them at the earliest opportunity.
(Adapted from Asthma Society of Ireland)
Please note that this information does not constitute personal medical advice.