The first step in controlling your asthma is to set treatment goals. Treatment goals are the results you are aiming for and are set with the help of your doctor. Although treatment goals should be personalized, here are some goals that most people with asthma share:

  • avoiding emergency department and hospital visits
  • maintaining normal activity levels
  • minimizing asthma symptoms
  • minimizing side effects from asthma medications
  • minimizing the use of reliever medication to less than 4 times per week
  • preventing asthma attacks
  • preventing missed school or work days due to asthma