Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Asthma Management 101

Spring is about to be sprung in NYC. The daffodils are just poking there sprouts through the ground this weekend and there really isn't a more beautiful time in the city.

Along with the beautiful weather comes, lots and lots of tree pollen, and we should see the counts start to rise in the next few weeks.

As the pollen counts rise, in many people so do asthma symptoms. I wanted to review with you how to tell if you asthma is controlled or not.

1) Cough
-Do you cough more than 2 x per week?
-Do you have more than 2 night time awakenings because of cough?

2) Chest tightness and shortness of breath
- Do you have these symptoms more than 2 x per week?

3) Rescue Inhaler Use
- Are you using your rescue inhaler more than 3 x per week?

4) Quality of Life
- Do you feel your symptoms are interferring with your everyday activities, work or school?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, it's a good idea to touch base with your doctor to tune up your regimine before the pollen counts become elevated.

Let me know if I can help!

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