Asthma is characterized by several symptoms, most notably cough, wheeze, or shortness of breath. It is not a static condition, but rather a continuum, changing with your body and the environment around you. There can be various triggers to asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, strong scents/perfumes, smoke/pollutants, and exercise. When well-controlled, you should be able to do everything you want to do. If your asthma is preventing you from doing your regular activities or making it difficult to do what you want to do, then it is out of control.
Is your asthma out of control?
Do you experience have wheezing, persistent coughing, or shortness of breath more than twice a week?
Do you wake up at night coughing or wheezing?
Do you have cough, wheeze, or shortness of breath with exercise?
Do you have you use your rescue inhaler (Albuterol or Xopenex) more than twice a week (except preventatively prior to exercise)?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, your asthma is out of control. There are several ways to control your asthma, from preventative measures and lifestyle changes to medications.
There are various treatment options, depending on the severity of your symptoms and your triggers. Visit your allergist or primary care physician to better evaluate your asthma.