Asthma cannot be cured, but symptoms can be controlled. Understanding asthma triggers and how to avoid or reduce their impact is an important part of the treatment process. Medications are available to relieve asthma symptoms, and to control asthma to prevent asthma attacks. Allergy therapy, including allergy injections, may also play a role in decreasing sensitivity to allergic triggers and improving asthma control.
Patients may also be instructed on the use of a peak flow meter to help in assessing their response to treatment and to assist them in recognizing changes in lung function. The monitoring of changes in lung function can help in detecting early signs of increased symptoms before they become evident.
Periodic monitoring of asthma symptoms, lung function, and the effectiveness of the prescribed treatment plan is an important part of controlling asthma.