Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects millions of people.  Although the severity of the disease and its symptoms may change gradually over time, any dramatic increase in episodes of wheezing, coughing, and breathlessness should be thought of as warning signs that asthma symptoms may no longer be well-controlled.  Uncontrolled symptoms can lead to more severe asthma attacks that require visits to hospital emergency rooms.  Be sure to tell your asthma physician as soon as possible when a new pattern of symptoms develops.  Early treatment, changes in medications, and modifications to an asthma action plan can help get asthma symptoms back under control.  Keeping asthma symptoms well-controlled helps prevent additional asthma-related health complications from developing.

P.S.   Always be sure to seek medical assistance whenever asthma symptoms fail to improve after using a rescue inhaler.

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