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Asthma Action Plan!! have you made it ?

Do you have an Asthma Action Plan like Chester?

It is recommended that everyone with asthma has written Asthma Action Plan, and yet only 24% of people with asthma have one according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare http://www.aihw.gov.au/asthma/action-plan/

A written plan can greatly assist to better manage asthma and avoid flare ups. If you don’t have a written Asthma Action Plan, speak to your Doctor to get one.

Photo: Do you have an Asthma Action Plan like Chester?         It is recommended that everyone with asthma has written Asthma Action Plan, and yet only 24% of people with asthma have one according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare http://www.aihw.gov.au/asthma/action-plan/ A written plan can greatly assist to better manage asthma and avoid flare ups. If you don't have a written Asthma Action Plan, speak to your Doctor to get one.

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List of things to discuss with your doctor

What’s your response when your doctor asks “how’s your asthma”?

Do you know the things that would be useful to discuss?

Here’s a list of things to discuss with your doctor next time you visit to give you the best chance of being as healthy as possible:

-If you are coughing, wheezing or breathless day or night.
-If you struggle to keep up with normal activity.
-Anything that seems to trigger/make your asthma worse.
-What you do about your triggers and whether this helps.
-How often you take your blue reliever puffer.
-How often you take your preventer medication.
-How you use your medication device.
-If you are using any other medications or complementary therapies.
-You would like a written asthma action plan.
-You would like a regular asthma review.

Unbelievable Fact About ASTHMA !!! MUST WATCH!

In the same time Usain Bolt runs 100m…

 

 
 
 

10 second countdown

Every 10 seconds someone is having an asthma attack in the UK. Attacks are potentially life threatening and mustn’t be ignored.

Asthma attacks are usually the result of symptoms getting gradually worse over a few days. Needing to use your reliever inhaler more than 3 times a week may suggest that your asthma is not well controlled. If your asthma symptoms are getting worse or you’re using your reliever inhaler more, don’t ignore it as you may be at increased risk of an attack.

 

 

For more info visit http://www.asthma.org.uk/Blog/10-seconds

 

There’s a thief in the night that can rob person’s of sleep, health, life…

Have you ever lost a night’s sleep? You feel exhausted, unable to concentrate, and completely worn out. Just imagine what a nightmare it would be if every night was like that.

For a young girl called Harveen Bedi, this was reality – simply because she has asthma. Most people don’t think asthma is serious, but Harveen’s story is one of real determination to overcome the constant fear that her asthma could kill her. Asthma UK was able to help end Harveen’s nightmare.

Though she coped during the day, Harveen’s asthma attacks were most devastating at night. “Night-time was terrifying”, Harveen said. “I couldn’t sleep, I was wheezy, and I struggled to breathe. It felt like I was going to die. Sometimes I’d try to scream because I was so frightened.”

At night, Harveen’s mother, was afraid to sleep in case her daughter needed her. Fearful that the terrible asthma attacks could kill Harveen, her mother was forced to call on the ambulance services again and again to take her little girl to hospital. Harveen was permanently exhausted and, with so many hospital visits, she missed nearly all of years five and six at primary school. For the whole family these were very stressful years.

How Asthma UK helped bring an end to Harveen’s nightmare

The nightmare Harveen and her mother had endured for so long started to ease in 2011. An Asthma UK funded nurse fought for Harveen to be referred to a specialist centre where she received optimised asthma treatment. With continuous support from Asthma UK’s nurses, Harveen also used a My Asthma Pack to help her log her symptoms. Soon Harveen’s nights were less disturbed and, for the first time, she began to take steps to control her asthma. As a result, Harveen spent less time in hospital. Now 14 years old, she loves going to school. “I can join in all the activities”, she said proudly. “I can even run around without needing my inhaler, and I’m catching up on my lessons.”

By making a gift of £20 you help us end the nightmare for other children like Harveen.

Like a thief in the night, asthma can rob children of sleep, of education, of health, and tragically, sometimes their lives. At Asthma UK we’re determined to do everything possible to bring this nightmare to an end by funding research for better treatments and providing people with life-saving information.

Making a gift of £20 today pays for Asthma UK to provide a child with a My Asthma Pack. This is a fun and effective way for children to keep regular track of their symptoms and helps them understand what they can do when their asthma gets worse and ultimately reduces hospitalisation.

Asthma UK has also actively campaigned for the National Review of Asthma Deaths, the most comprehensive global study into what needs to be done to reduce deaths. Tragically, it found that nearly half of all asthma deaths could have been prevented with better healthcare and that 77% of people who died didn’t have an asthma action plan which tells how to recognise the signs of an asthma attack. The findings are a huge wake-up call and confirm that a great deal more needs to be done to protect children at risk of a fatal asthma attack.

Your support really matters. That’s why I hope you will send a gift of £20 to Asthma UK and help transforming a child’s life. Only with your help today can the nightmare of severe asthma attacks can be brought to an end.

 

For more info Visit  http://www.asthma.org.uk/Appeal/harveen

Dagmar’s story…How he has to FIGHT to SURVIVE !

 

 
 
 

Dagmar Makara was diagnosed with asthma aged 24. He started showing symptoms before then but believes doctors delayed diagnosing him due to a prior history of depression – he believes they assumed his asthma was manifested through stress and therefore blacklisted him from getting any asthma care.

He says: “I would go to the GP saying I was struggling to breathe and they would look at my notes and ignore me. It doesn’t help that my normal peak flow is very high (900+) so when I go to A&E with a reading of 500 (good for a normal person with asthma but suffocating for me) they discharge me without action. I have to fight to survive.

When Dagmar asked his nurse for an action plan she admitted she had never heard of them and, implying it was something obscure he had found on the Internet, she said “You don’t need an action plan. If you can’t breathe you come in – that’s the plan.”

No one showed him how to use his inhaler – he had to use YouTube to first figure out how to use one. It was only after a year that someone checked his inhaler technique and thanks to YouTube, he discovered he wasn’t using it the right way. Dagmar has had around 50 A&E admissions in two years and has been on 20 courses of antibiotics over the last 20 months. He adds, “I feel it’s the luck of the draw when it comes to chest specialists, I have much better luck going to out of hours surgeries where they tend to be more sympathetic.  On one occasion I rung my local GP surgery to get oral steroids and they told me they closed in 10 minutes and that I would have to run if I wanted them. By the time I arrived I was wheezing heavily but they just ignored me – as did the pharmacists when I went to collect the prescription.”

 

 

For more info visit http://www.asthma.org.uk/blog/dagmars-story

Because of new research centre, asthma care will never be the same again!!!

 

 
 
 

We’re very excited. Today sees the formal launch of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, the UK’s first centre focused solely on improving the quality of life of people with asthma by finding better treatments and making them available faster than ever before.

More than 5 million people in the UK are affected by asthma yet research into this life-threatening condition is chronically underfunded, it currently takes an average of 17 years to develop a new asthma treatment

Our vision for this pioneering research initiative is to halve the time it takes to get innovations to people with asthma and to develop the next generation of world class applied asthma researchers.

The Centre is led by two of the most talented experts in applied asthma research, Professors Aziz Sheikh and Chris Griffiths. It will be co-ordinated through the University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary, University of London and is backed by 13 of the UK’s leading academic and NHS organisations.

Our academic partner organisations include:

  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Swansea University
  • University College London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bristol
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Sheffield

The first modern inhaler took over 40 years from initial lab discovery through clinical trials and into practice. More than 50 years later asthma still kills and there are tens of thousands of people with asthma facing a daily struggle to breathe. This is why it is so vital for us to invest significantly in applied research and kick start a new era of fast discovery-to-treatment times.

“I am delighted that some of the UK’s top asthma researchers are contributing to this unprecedented initiative where they can share expertise and insights to drive forward major improvements in asthma,” said Professor Sheikh. The Centre means that real large-scale trials can happen that have the potential to benefit millions of people with asthma.

Professor Griffiths said, “The recent National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) reports the urgent need to improve asthma care. The opening of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is perfectly-timed.” It’s a great step forward to delivering world-class applied research to improve care and reduce asthma deaths and hospitalisation in the UK.

 

for More info visit http://www.asthma.org.uk/blog/new-research-project-asthma-care-will-never-be-the-same-again