The arrival of spring also signals the start of allergy season — a time for people with asthma to be particularly careful about maintaining good control of their disease.
Although modern asthma medications are extremely effective, research shows that more than half of Ontario’s two million children and adults with asthma experience poor asthma control, leading to symptoms like coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. The main cause? People tend to stop taking their controller medication as soon as they feel better even though it’s important to take this medication regularly, and as directed, to prevent symptoms.
To help people manage their asthma effectively, lung health experts developed the Asthma Control Check — six easy questions that will show whether their asthma is under control or whether they
should speak to a health-care provider about different treatment options. To take the Asthma Control Check, go to
Visit asthmacheck.ca or call the Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864).
Many household cleaning products contain toxic ingredients that can cause health problems when used. Try some less harmful lung-friendly products instead. Ventilate your home by opening windows, and have exhaust fans running while you clean. If you have any trouble breathing, stop immediately and get some fresh air. For more information about making the best of your breath indoors, call the Ontario.
Lung Association Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or visit www.YourHealthyHome.ca