Asthma – Awareness of Asthma Triggers

Asthma – Awareness of Asthma Triggers

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Asthma – Awareness of Asthma Triggers 

A person’s personal action plan should be kept up to date as and when they identify an asthma trigger. Although it may be difficult to avoid all triggers some can be avoided such as pet hair or tobacco smoke.
Your doctor may also carry out an allergy test to identify potential asthma triggers.

The importance of regular asthma check ups.
Even if the persons asthma is under control they should continue to engage with their GP or specialist asthma nurse. The healthcare professional will discuss how much contact is appropriate for the person and the frequency of asthma check ups. The asthma check up clinics may include five activities
1) A review of the persons symptoms since the last visit
2) A medicines review that will look at how well they work and if they have adverse side effects.
3) A review of the person’s technique when using inhalers.
4) Carrying out different breathing tests
5) An opportunity to ask questions and discuss any issues

Depending on each patient the healthcare professional may advise the person takes away a peak flow meter in order to monitor the asthma between visits

The personal action plan will set out advice on what to do if symptoms either suddenly or gradually get worse, which is indicative of an asthma attack. The advice is always that if there is uncertainty please always contact your GP or specialist asthma nurse