The goal is asthma control

Over the past few decades, people with asthma have benefited from a number of scientific advances (including effective medications), with the overall goal of having the best control possible. The term "asthma control" refers to how well your symptoms are controlled, and it involves both the severity of your asthma as well as your response to treatment.

There are three levels of asthma control:

  • controlled (none of the following symptoms)
  • partly controlled (1-2 of the following symptoms)
  • uncontrolled (3-4 of the following symptoms)

Levels of asthma control

Asthma indicators

Controlled

Partly controlled

Uncontrolled

Asthma symptoms during the day

None

More than two times per week

Three or more features of partly controlled asthma present in any week

Activities limited by symptoms

None

Any

Three or more features of partly controlled asthma present in any week

Asthma symptoms during the night or awakening at night because of asthma

None

Any

Three or more features of partly controlled asthma present in any week

Need for reliever/ rescue treatment

None

More than two times per week

Three or more features of partly controlled asthma present in any week

Recent research has shown that asthma control has not improved in Canada over the years. In fact, many people with asthma are unaware that they may not have the best control over their condition. More than half of those with asthma report difficulty sleeping or avoiding physical activity because of their symptoms.

It is important to understand whether your asthma is controlled, and then have a specific goal of having the best control possible. Challenge yourself to reach your goal, and check your treatment plan frequently to make sure that it is still working well for you. There are a number of things that you can do:

  • Educate yourself and do some planning. Learn about self-management education basics and work with your doctor to create an asthma action plan that is specific to your needs.
  • Be adherent. Take your medications exactly as prescribed or intended.

Work with your health care team. Partner with your educator, doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to best manage your condition and adjust your plan as needed.

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