An asthma attack can be scary for the patient and family alike. As one of the most common chronic conditions that affects both children and adults—7 to 8 percent of the U.S. population, according to the CDC—asthma is a frequent cause of visits to the ER where I work and those all across the country.
Asthma is also complex, with many triggers and treatment options. While you cannot cure asthma, you can control it. If you follow these steps, adopt a holistic approach, and regularly evaluate your medication needs, you can live a life in which you control your asthma—instead of the other way around. Here are a few points that I always try to share with my patients to help them on this path: