Asthma is a chronic (ongoing) inflammatory condition of the airways in the lungs. Asthma affects people of all ages, and 1 in 10 Australians have asthma. It is a condition that can be triggered by something that causes your airways to narrow, leading to asthma symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest and/or continuing cough.
For most people with asthma, triggers are only a problem when their asthma is not well controlled. Therefore, it is imperative that asthma management is prioritised.
Asthma Australia recommends the use of Asthma Action Plans for people living with asthma. An action plan has been designed to assist someone with asthma to identify worsening signs and symptoms of asthma, and be aware of what actions to take according to their severity of symptoms.
Your Doctor must fill out the instructions on an Asthma Action Plan, and your local Advantage Pharmacists can help you understand your plan and your asthma medication treatment plan for the various stages of asthma: well controlled, getting worse, severe and/or life threatening.
Your Advantage Pharmacist can also teach you the techniques for Asthma First Aid to be used if necessary.
Ask your local Advantage Pharmacists how they can assist you in managing your asthma.
Inhaler Technique Checks
Critical to the success of managing your asthma and other airway conditions, is having the correct inhaler technique. It is vital for effective drug delivery and 90% of asthma sufferers may not use their inhaler correctly most of the time!
Unfortunately, bad habits can slowly form over time, so a regular review of your inhaler technique can ensure correct use of your devices and maximum benefit from your medications.
Depending on your devices, your Advantage Pharmacist may also recommend the use of a spacer in combination with your inhaler to improve medication delivery to the lungs and maximise the benefits of the medications in controlling your asthma.
Seek advice from your local Advantage Pharmacists now and check your inhaler technique to ensure maximum efficacy of your inhaler medications.