One of the most important questions you may have regarding your asthma is—“How do I make my asthma and asthma symptoms go away?” Similarly, parents of children with asthma may be asking, “How do I help my son or daughter return to a normal life?”
Because asthma is a chronic condition, it cannot be cured. There is plenty of hope, however. By following the 7-P Principles, asthma can be managed and kept under good control. In fact, most people can return to a normal life and the activities that they love. Here’s an overview of the 7-P principles that can get you there.
- The Problem – Start by understanding the nature of your condition: asthma is chronic. Even when you are feeling well, you need to adhere to your treatment plan.
- Prevention – The best way to stay symptom-free is to avoid those factors that trigger your asthma (e.g., perfumes, chemicals, smoke).
- Pulmonary Function Tests – Regular medical testing will help you and your doctor stay aware of your lung health so that you can assess and adjust asthma medicines as needed.
- Pharmaceuticals – Finding and following the right medicine regime is essential to reducing asthma symptoms and keeping them at bay.
- Plan – An asthma action plan will provide clear instructions on how to handle escalating asthma symptoms and help you prevent serious problems from occurring.
- Patient–Physician – You are an important part of the treatment team—make sure to work with a doctor who values your contribution.
- Positive Mindset – By remaining positive and optimistic that you can get your asthma under control, you foster the motivation to stick with the treatment plan over the long run.
Asthma severity and control varies from person to person: the 7-P principles can meet you where you are and help you return to a normal life. They are the allergist’s “secret” formula to managing asthma.