Controlling Your Asthma

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Controlling Your Asthma ~ This pdf material will help you and your health-care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) plan ways to control your asthma. Why? Because with good treatment, almost all people with asthma can live normal, active lives.
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  Controlling Your Asthma AMERICANCOLLEGEOF CHESTPHYSICIANSANDTHE CHESTFOUNDATION Patient Education Guide  2 Single copies are free. Additional copies are available from: American College of Chest Physicians3300 Dundee RoadNorthbrook, IL 60062-2348PHONE: (800) 343-2227 or (847) 498-1400FAX: (847) 498-5460 or (847) 498-8313E-mail: science@chestnet.orgHome page: www.chestnet.org Asthma Action Plan reprinted from: National Asthma Education and Prevention Program;National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; NIH Publication No. 97-4053 Rules of Two™ Dallas Asthma Consortiumwww.dallasasthma.orgThis patient education booklet has been published by the American College of Chest Physiciansand is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline. This publication’s content does not replace professional medical care and physician advice, which alwaysshould be sought. Medical treatments vary based on individual facts and circumstances. The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. The American College of Chest Physicians specifically disclaims all responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence,directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the material herein. Copyright © 2004 by the American College of Chest Physicians Controlling Your Asthma Patient Education Guide  3 4 What Is Asthma?6 Why Does Asthma Happen?13 Work With Your Health-care Provider14 How To Use a Peak Flow Meter17 Asthma Action Plan18 Asthma Medicine25 How To Take Asthma Medicines Table of Contents This booklet will help you andyour health-care provider(doctor, nurse practitioner, orphysician assistant) plan waysto control your asthma. Why?Because with good treatment,almost all people with asthmacan live normal, active lives.Prevention is the key. With a fewlifestyle changes and medicine,you can learn to prevent seriousasthma problems. Togetherwith your provider, you willlearn how to reach this goal.  4 What IsAsthma? Asthma is a chronic (long-term) disease of the airways in the lungs. It can’t be spread toothers, and it has nothing to do with how you were raised or your relationships. Asthmais often hereditary, meaning it is passed through families. Sometimes, more than oneperson in the same family has asthma.Understanding how your lungs work will help you understand more about asthma. Inside Your Lungs LungsBronchial tubes –Air passages of the lungsTrachea – Windpipe
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