Life With Asthma
Staying the best With Asthma
Every chronic diseases need some lifestyle change and a systematic action plan to minimize their damage, and asthma is no different. It is important to realize that asthma is a chronic condition that cannot be cured per se. Yet, all asthma patients can have full productive lives with a few easy steps that will put them on the right track of managing their disease.
First and foremost, keep the lines of communications open with your health care providers. As soon as you are diagnosed with asthma, you should ask your doctor/registered nurse for patient education material if they do not hand them out to you. You should read about the condition and ask your doctor to address any questions you have about asthma, and about your individualized treatment plan. I cannot stress this enough: when in doubt ask your doctor, he/she knows best.
Some asthma patients have trouble following their asthma medication prescriptions, because sometimes they get quite complex with a drug for maintenance and another on the usage as a “rescue” medication in times of requirements. A handy little trick is creating an “asthma action plan” notebook where you record all instructions from your doctor and jot down any questions you have for your next visit.
Some of the items to include in your notebook: what triggers your asthma, when to use your rescue medication, when do you need to go to the hospital; and finally, you can recorded your peak flow meter reading for your-and your doctor’s-future reference.
Good asthma management requires the use of some devices, either by the patient or their caretaker in the case of a child with asthma. Some patients fail to use the inhalers or the peak flow meters properly when they are first diagnosed. If you feel like your doctor’s demonstration was not enough, or if you need extra help, ask your pharmacist.
In the midst of living with asthma, make use of the patient education programs and support groups available for people with asthma. Check at your local hospital or community center.