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Tips on how to keep your asthma under control

Doctor Holding Blue Asthma Inhaler For senior couple

Asthma can strike at any time, anywhere. For some people, it may be exercise-induced. Which can be worse when the air is cold and try. For others, it could be occupational asthma that’s triggered by workplace irritants such as chemical fumes, gases, or dust. Then there is allergy-induced asthma, triggered by airborne substances, such as pollen, mould spores, cockroach waste, or particles of skin and dried saliva shed by pets.

Considered a major nuisance for some, others may barely notice it. But still must learn to live with their condition in case of flare-ups.

A condition in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus, asthma can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, a whistling sound or wheezing when you breathe out, causing shortness of breath.

It’s important to note, that while asthma can’t be cured, its symptoms can be controlled. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you work with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms and adjust your treatment as needed.

Asthma signs and symptoms to watch out for

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with asthma and you’re wondering what to look out for in the event of an asthma attack, read on:

⦁ Asthma can cause shortness of breath
⦁ Chest tightness or pain
⦁ Wheezing when exhaling, which is a common sign of asthma in children
⦁ Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
⦁ Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu

How to tell if your asthma is worsening

There are a couple of tell-tale signs that your asthma may be worsening. We’ve outlined them below:

⦁ Watch out for asthma signs and symptoms that are more frequent and bothersome
⦁ You may be having trouble breathing, this can be measured with a device called a peak flow meter used to check how well your lungs are working
⦁ The need to use a quick-relief inhaler more often may signify your asthma is worsening

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best you book in to see your local medical practitioner right away.

How to keep your asthma under control

Effective asthma treatment requires routinely tracking symptoms and measuring how well your lungs are working. Taking an active role in managing your asthma treatment recommended by your family doctor will help you maintain better long-term asthma control, prevent asthma attacks and avoid long-term problems.

Below are a couple of tips on how to go about this:

⦁ Know your triggers and avoid them
⦁ Regularly visit your medical practitioner
⦁ Be in control, get an asthma action plan and stick to it
⦁ Take your asthma medication as prescribed by your doctor
⦁ Learn how to use your inhaler properly
⦁ Then make sure you always keep your asthma puffer nearby
⦁ Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
⦁ Keep fit by undertaking regular exercise

For an asthma plan or ongoing asthma treatment, book in with Junction Road Family Practice

Offering a range of medical services for the whole family, our experienced team of general practitioners is vocationally registered. Close to major hospitals, specialist centres, and x-ray rooms, we are conveniently located close to public transport, offering ample car parking. Find our services online. Or call (07) 38 57 2799 to arrange an appointment today.

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