Every asthma patient is different. While some people only deal with mild symptoms, others have life-threatening asthma attacks that can send them to the hospital. Of course, most patients fall in between these two categories. The Asthma Control Test (ACT) is a simple tool that can help you determine if your asthma is under control. Read on to learn more about this simple tool.
The Asthma Control Test
The Asthma Control Test (ACT) is a simple questionnaire designed to help patients identify their asthma symptoms. These questions can help you discover if your asthma is well-controlled or not. It’s also a great tool to share with your doctor. You can take the test online by clicking here.
Reading Your Results
Scores on the ACT range from 5 to 25. If your score is above 20, then your asthma is most likely under control. However, if your score is less than 20, then your asthma may not be under control. If you score between 5 and 19, then call your doctor to discuss your asthma treatment.
Is The Test For All Ages?
Patients 12 and over should use the ACT. However, there is a similar test called the asthma control test- caregiver report (ACT-CR). Children ages 6 to 12 (and their caregivers) should use this test. Seek help immediately if your child is under the age of 6 and having severe asthma symptoms.
When To See Your Doctor
If you score less than 20 on your ACT, then it’s time to see your pulmonologist. However, even patients with well-controlled asthma should check in with their doctor every year. All asthma patients should keep their doctor’s contact information handy in case of an emergency.
Take Charge of Your Asthma
Pulmonary Medical Consultants can help you live well with asthma. Whether you need new medication, a diagnosis, or simply have a question, our team can help you manage your lung symptoms. Request your appointment by clicking the link above.