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.
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.
In the same time Usain Bolt runs 100m…
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