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Asthma Care

Ways to Help Prevent Asthma Symptoms
- Take your daily-prescribed preventive asthma medicine, even when you feel fine.
- Always keep your rescue medicine inhaler with you.
- Know your asthma triggers and how to avoid them.
- Make an asthma action plan with your health care provider.

Acute Asthma Attacks
Sometimes asthma symptoms can become very severe and lead to an acute asthma attack.

Severe asthma symptoms and warning signs to monitor:

- Wheezing
- Easily winded
- Tightness in chest
- Increased coughing
- Breathing more quickly than usual
- Using rescue inhaler more often
- Waking up at night with symptoms
- Unable to do standard activities

What to Do If You Have Severe Asthma Symptoms
- Follow your asthma action plan from your health care provider.
- Use your rescue inhaler as directed by your provider.
- Stay calm and try to breathe slowly and deeply.
- Tell someone if you notice increased difficulty while breathing.

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