What are the signs asthma is well controlled?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Signs of well-controlled asthma include the following:

  • Symptoms ≤2 days per week

  • Nighttime awakenings ≤2 times per month

  • Short-acting beta-agonist use (rescue) < 2 days per week

  • No limitation in normal activity

  • FEV1 or peak flow >80% predicted/personal best

  • Validated questionnaire scores, such as ATAQ 0, ACQ ≤0.75, and ACT ≥20 (discussed below)

Recommended actions in patients with well-controlled asthma include maintenance of current step, continuation of regular follow-up (every 1-6 mo), and consideration of step down if the asthma remains well controlled for at least 3 months.


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