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 being experienced.
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.
Screening for Asthma
For people experiencing symptoms of asthma such as breathlessness, wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, and/or continuing cough, it is important that professional advice is sought.
No single test is able to determine that you have asthma. Our Advantage Pharmacists may be able to help you measure how well your lungs are working, through a test using a ‘peak flow meter’. It is a safe, simple and painless test.
However, further tests and referral to your doctor will be required for a more thorough examination. If you suspect you might have asthma, don’t ignore the symptoms – ask your local Advantage Pharmacist now, on how they can help you screen for Asthma and refer you to a doctor if required.
Asthma Australia recommends the use of Asthma Action Plans for people living with Asthma. It has been designed to assist in identifying signs and symptoms of Asthma, as well as it severity and thus identifies what action needs to be taken in regard to administering Asthma reliever medication.
Our Advantage Pharmacists may be able to help you and your family navigate through the Asthma Action Plan, based on your doctor’s medication treatment plan. The Asthma Action Plan helps reorganize the treatment plan according to the severity of the symptoms; when the Asthma is well controlled, getting worse, severe, or identified as life-threatening.
Ask your local Advantage Pharmacists now, on 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, and review by health professionals often get missed. In addition to incorrect inhaler technique, some people may be identified as suitable candidates of the use of spacer devices. This is particularly important if there are issues with dexterity and/or coordination.
Seek advice from your local Advantage Pharmacists now, and check your inhaler technique to ensure maximum efficacy of your inhaler medications.