Asthma – Living with Asthma

Asthma – Living with Asthma 

 

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Asthma – Living with Asthma 

Through education, awareness and proper and timely use of medicines most people with an asthma condition are able to live fulfilling lives. There are seven key things that a person may consider to keep them well
1) Using the inhalers correctly. Incorrect use of inhalers can be a significant cause of both poor management of asthma symptoms and less effective prevention therefore please be sure that you understand how to use the inhalers properly. Your GP or specialist asthma nurse should train you on this and also ideally check that you have a good technique. The charity asthma UK also provide information on how to effectively use an asthma inhaler.
2) The ethos of prevention is always better than cure can not be overstated when it comes to asthma. Therefore it is important that there is regimental adherence to taking the preventer inhaler or tablets daily, because it is these preventer medicines that reduce the risk of asthma symptoms or attacks occurring.
3) Sometimes different medicines when taken together can result in side effects where either one or both drugs fail to work or a person feels unwell because of the two drugs interacting with one another. This is called a drug-drug interaction. With each medicine which obviously includes your asthma medicine there is a leaflet that comes with it that is called the patient information leaflet. This will tell the person whether the other medicine interferes with asthma medicines. If you notice this you should tell your pharmacist, GP or specialist asthma nurse so that they can check and, if appropriate give you an alternative medicine that doesn’t affect the asthma medicine
4) For anyone who may have missed this, smoking tobacco products is bad for your health. We know that stopping smoking can significantly reduce the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms
5) Exercising. Exercising is good for your general health. If you re worried that exercise may trigger your asthma please speak to your healthcare professional. Many people with asthma are able to exercise normally so long as they continue to take their asthma medicines.
6) Having a well balanced healthy diet. Asthma should not restrict a person on the type of diet they can have.
7) Infections such as the common cold or flu can aggravate a persons asthma. Therefore it may be useful to receive an annual vaccination for flu, as well as a single pneumococcal vaccination.