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Go with the Flow
Using a peak flow meter can help you keep your asthma in check. Here’s how.

Monitoring your asthma on a reg­ular basis is an important part of keeping your asthma under control. Keeping track of your symptoms whenever you have them is a good idea. This will help you and your doctor adjust your treatment over time.

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Your Flu Questions Answered

Though people with asthma are not more likely to get the flu, influenza can be more serious for people with asthma, even if their asthma is mild or their symptoms are well-controlled by medication. This is because people with asthma have swollen and sensitive air­ways, and influenza can cause further inflammation of the airways and lungs. Influenza infection in the lungs can trigger asthma attacks and a worsening of asthma symptoms. It can also lead to pneumonia and other acute respiratory diseases. To help you prepare for the upcoming flu season, here are answers to some important flu-related questions.

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Free Tool Promotes Adherence, Lowers Cost of Asthma

The Asthma PACT™ (Personal Assessment and Control Tool) available at www.AsthmaPACT.org, is a free online program hosted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) that helps patients and parents reduce the cost and suffering from asthma. The Asthma PACT helps patients and parents to identify reasons why they may be having difficulty following the treatment plan, and it gives feedback – in written and video formats – about how to manage these problems.

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Living with Asthma

Asthma is a long-term disease that requires long-term care. Successful asthma treatment requires you to take an active role in your care. Taking an active role to control your asthma involves working with your doctor and other clinicians on your healthcare team to create and follow an asthma action plan. Children aged 10 or older – and younger children who are able – also should take an active role in their asthma care.

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