Living with Asthma can be a challenging and frustrating task. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks that can help you manipulate this illness to a more manageable form. Listed below are a few of these helpful hints, along with links other resources for managing your asthma.
“Asthma Action Plan”
In my experience in the healthcare profession, asthma is one of the most common breathing disorders among patients. One of the first tips to successfully coping with asthma is to develop what physicians call a “asthma action plan”. This is a written document that lays out two things: signs and symptoms that your asthma is starting to slip out of control and what actions to take once these symptoms begin to occur. This document should be shared with friends and family members so that they too can help you monitor your condition, and in case of emergency will know the proper steps to help you in case you are unable. To view a sample “asthma action plan” and learn more about creating your own click here.
Keep a Record
I have heard of physicians recommending their patients to keep a journal of their experiences with asthma. This is because it is essential to know what your asthma triggers are and a complete history makes it easier to identify these triggers.
Asthma affects everyone differently that is why day-to-day documentation like previously mentioned is so important. It is important to know what medicines helped you or what life factors triggered your attacks. Knowing these things can help you and your physician learn more about your specific requirements for successfully dealing with asthma.
Monitor Your Peak Expiratory Flow
A handheld device called a peak flow meter will allow you to monitor your peak expiratory flow rate. This measures how fast air is flowing out of your lungs, as your asthma worsens your flow rate will typically decrease substantially. For more information about peak expiratory flow rate visit Asthma Treatments.
Short-acting bronchodilators are an asthma patient’s best friend. If you do not already make use of SABA’s I strongly encourage you to speak with your physician about them. Bronchodilators help alleviate the symptoms associated with asthma by relaxing smooth muscle in the constricted airways of the patient. While these are not long-term asthma treatments, they can be a great emergency medication or short-term treatment. To read more about bronchodilators, visit Albuterol and SABA’s.