Is Your Asthma Action Plan

UnCategorized Before you can fine-tune your action plan, you must be able to evaluate it. You need to know when your medication works and when it doesn’t work. But how can you tell if it is or isn’t working? Remember that your goal is not to simply breathe a little better, part of the time. When your medicine plan is working, your breathing should be almost normal, no matter what time of day or what you’re doing. A few questions can help you judge how well your medication works. Ask yourself: o Is my medication causing side effects? o Do I wake up at night, coughing or wheezing, more than twice a month? o Have I recently missed school or work because of my asthma? o If I try to be active, from running errands to running around the block, do I have a hard time breathing? o Have I gone through more than one canister of inhaled beta agonists this month? More than one canister over the past 2 months, even? o During a recent asthma attack, did my inhaled quick-reliever medication fail to offer relief? o Has my asthma sent me rushing to the hospital or doctor’s office? If you answered yes to any of these questions, reconsider your action plan. Perhaps your medication is not controlling your symptoms as well as it should. There are several possible reasons why. One common problem is inhaler technique. If you’re not using your inhaler correctly, you may not be getting enough medication. Or maybe you’ve been sick, and your illness has aggravated your asthma. Perhaps you’ve moved, and you’re much closer to an asthma-triggering allergen than before. Lastly, it might simply be the case that you’re taking too little medicine to begin with. No matter what the reason, tell your health care provider if you think your medication isn’t working. Together you can figure out how to fix the problem. If a respiratory infection is to blame or if a severe asthma episode has sent your symptoms spiraling, your doctor may suggest you try a short prescription of oral corticosteroids to get your asthma back under control. You might try a different kind of medication or just more of the kind you already have. Remember, taking control of your asthma is an ongoing process. Your health care provider will help you apply these principles to your personal asthma action plan. Then, you’ll be making the most of your medication, and your health. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: