During Spring, many people find that their asthma gets worse. They experience tightness in their chest, shortness of breath, and an increased cough. Albuterol use increases. Patients experience this secondary to the increased tree and grass pollen.
If you think your asthma may be poorly controlled, go to www.asthmacontrol.com and take the Asthma Control Test. There are 5 questions with a max point total of 5, minimum of 0. If your total score is less than 20 then your asthma may not be controlled and you should call your doctor for further evaluation. You can print off your test and bring it with you to your appointment. This saves time and may provide quicker treatment which could result in less ER visits and less aggressive therapies.