Asthma

Manage your condition

Asthma is a problem, yes. But, with proper treatment and asthma action plan, you can control your asthma completely, and almost forget that you have it.

Everyone’s asthma is different, and so, their triggers are different as well. To completely control your problem, it’s important that you identify your triggers and avoid them as best as you can.

  • Regular medication

Asthma medicine is usually given via inhalers, so that it reaches the lung directly and causes minimal side effects. Your doctor will usually prescribe two kinds of medicines –long term (Controller or Preventer) and quick relief (Reliever or Rescue). Controllers are given long term to prevent symptoms and asthma attacks. These medications help to treat the underlying inflammation of the airways in a person with asthma. However It is important to remember that Controllers do not provide immediate or quick relief. Relievers relax the airways and makes it easier for you to breathe. They provide immediate relief and are used during flareup of symptoms. It is essential that you take these medicines as prescribed, to keep your asthma under control. Using the Controller medicine regularly can also help in reducing the need for Reliever medicine

  • Using the Peak-flow meter

A peak-flow meter is a small hand-held device, which helps you to monitor your asthma. It measures how well you can blow air out of your lungs.This measure is called peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) With your doctor’s help, you can set a target regularly monitor your progress. Visit a Breathefree clinic to learn how to use a peak-flow meter efficiently.

  • Asthma action plan

An asthma action plan is a written plan that you develop with your doctor to help control your asthma. The asthma action plan shows how to control your asthma on a daily basis, such as what kind of medicines to take and when to take them. The plan also tells you what medicines to take and steps to follow if there is an increase in your asthma symptoms. The plan also explains when to call the doctor or go to the nearest hospital.

  • Regular doctor visits

It’s important to visit your doctor on a regular basis, irrespective of whether your symptoms are in control or not. Always talk to your doctor about your symptoms, asthma medications and other medicines you may be taking. This way, your doctor will be able to create an effective asthma action plan that works to help you control your asthma, prevent attacks and live a full life.