Step 1: Taking control of asthma
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Do you have asthma, or are you wondering if you have it? Are you a parent who suspects that your child might have asthma?

This guide explains what asthma is, how it is diagnosed, and the important steps a person should follow to manage it effectively. This guide will provide a solid foundation to help you take control of asthma and reduce symptoms. If you've been seeing a doctor for years, these steps serve as a review and will provide up-to-date information.

Your doctor will have additional information about your specific medications, dosage, and treatment plan. You must have a good relationship with a doctor so that you can work together as a team.

You don't need to read or understand all of this guide at once. Master one part, then move on and master the next. Asthma management will become second nature to you. Armed with the right facts, you can achieve your asthma goals.

References

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Rockville, MD. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2007. NIH publications 08-4051.

Williams SG, Schmidt DK, Redd SC, Storms W. Key clinical activities for quality asthma care: recommendations of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2003 Mar 28;52(RR-6):1-8.

 

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Review Date: 6/29/2012
Reviewed By: Allen J. Blaivas, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-NJMS, Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Veteran Affairs, VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Previoulsy reviewed by David A. Kaufman, MD, Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health System, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. (6/1/2010)
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