It’s one of the most common
and costliest diseases, and if you’re one of
the estimated 26 million people with asthma, you probably
already know there is no cure. But you can manage this chronic
disease. Michele Cassalia of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America is here with some answers. Welcome back Michele.
Always so good to have you here. Awesome to be here, thank you.
So, last time you were here we talked about triggers. Now let’s
talk about symptoms. How do you know you have asthma? Asthma is
when your body’s airways become inflamed. It makes it hard to
breathe. Some of the signs and symptoms may be coughing,
wheezing, a tightness in the chest. So then how do you get
diagnosed? You wanna go to your family doctor or your local
allergist and he’ll do a family medical history. He’ll do a full
physical exam. He may take a lung function test. He may also
do an X-ray of your sinuses and also your lungs. So let’s say
you’re diagnosed, now how do you manage that diagnosis? Well, you
wanna make sure you know your triggers. You wanna make sure
you take the medication exactly how the doctor prescribed it.
You wanna be able to track your asthma so you know if it’s
getting worse. That’s smart. So I’m assuming an action plan is
in order? An asthma action plan is your best bet. You wanna
write down that asthma action plan. You wanna share it with
your friends and your families, And if you have children at
school, you wanna share it with the teachers and the school
personnel. It’s a great idea. And I’m sure there’s more
information on your website? The Asthma Allergy Foundation of
America website has a complete asthma action plan form that you
can use and take with you and print out. So, it’s not the end
of the world? It’s not. Asthma is a chronic illness but it can
be managed and you can live your life without limits. Fantastic.
Thank you Michele. And that website is AAFA.org and of
course you can always go to our website accesshealth.tv.
Michele, we always love having you full of such great
information. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me. No problem.