5 Signs It's Time to Step Up Your Asthma Treatment

Is it time to step up asthma therapy?

Severity and frequency of asthma symptoms can vary greatly among individuals. Asthma treatment is individualized and medications selected for therapy will vary based on the seriousness and regularity of asthma symptoms. In cases of severe asthma, you may need more intensive treatment than most asthma patients. It may take a few tries to identify the right treatment plan for you, so it’s important to monitor your symptoms and be able to determine if your asthma medications are keeping your condition controlled. Make sure you talk to a healthcare provider honestly about symptom severity and frequency so the correct treatment can be chosen for you.

THIS CONTENT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. This content is provided for informational purposes and reflects the opinions of the author. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional regarding your health. If you think you may have a medical emergency, contact your doctor immediately or call 911.

Marie Cavuoto Petrizzo, MD

Marie Cavuoto Petrizzo MD, FAAAI

Dr. Marie Cavuoto Petrizzo is a board certified allergist-immunologist in Long Island, New York. 
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