Do you have asthma, or are you wondering if you have it? Are you a parent
who suspects that your child might have asthma?
This guide explains what asthma is, how it is diagnosed, and the important
steps a person should follow to effectively manage it. If you or your child
have been recently diagnosed, the guide will provide a solid foundation to
help you take control and reduce symptoms. If you've been seeing a doctor for
years, these steps serve as a review and will provide up-to-date information.
Your doctor will have additional information about your specific medications,
dosage, and treatment plan. You must have a good relationship with a doctor
so that you can work together as a team.
You don't need to read or understand all of this guide at once. Master one
part, then move on and master the next. Asthma management will become second
nature to you. Armed with the right facts, you can achieve your asthma goals.
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Review Date: 5/16/2007
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