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Assessing Your Asthma Knowledge

Topic Overview

Understanding asthma can help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk of asthma attacks.

The following statements summarize what you should know about asthma. If you do not know, or are not sure, about any of them, talk to your doctor. The more you understand about asthma, the better you will be able to follow your management plan and lead a full life.

Statement

Yes, I do

No, I don't

I'm not sure

I know what asthma is and what it does to me.      
I know the symptoms of asthma.      
I know how my asthma medicines help me.      
I know what my asthma triggers are and what to do about them.      

I feel sure that I can prevent an asthma attack.

     
I know how to treat my asthma symptoms.      
I know when my symptoms are serious enough to call for emergency help.      

I know my peak expiratory flow (PEF) and how to measure it with a peak flow meter.

     
I understand why knowing my PEF can help me.      
I know how to use my asthma plans.      
I do what I enjoy doing, despite my asthma.      
I know that people around me can help me if necessary.      

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Last Revised February 22, 2013

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