How is asthma treated?

The more you know about your asthma and medications to treat it, the better you’ll be able to work with your doctor to control it. Lung function testing is a critical early step in getting an accurate diagnosis and as part of your asthma control and monitoring plan. You can keep track of your progress at home with a peak flow monitor and diary.

Avoidance of triggers and environmental control are important. When allergy triggers cannot be avoided or occur year-round, immunotherapy (“allergy shots”) may be considered. Treatment options also include long-term medications, quick-relief medications, and other anti-allergy therapies.