Ten top tips for managing your asthma
1. ALWAYS carry your reliever medication with you. Check the expiry date and replace if necessary.
2. Make sure your asthma is under control. Have your asthma management reviewed by your GP.
3. Have an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan. In partnership with your doctor, develop a personal Asthma Action Plan that is regularly updated.
4. Follow your Asthma Action Plan. Carry it with you at all times.
5. Recognise your personal asthma symptoms. Know when they are getting worse and know how to treat them. A written Asthma Action Plan can help you do this.
6. Avoid factors that make your asthma worse. Identify your asthma triggers and try to minimise your exposure to them. You may need to keep a diary or have allergy testing done to identify your triggers. Triggers could include smoke, exercise, pollens, dust and temperature change.
7. Use the most appropriate medication device. You may need to get your technique checked by a doctor, pharmacist or asthma educator. Always use a spacer with puffer medications.
8. Know what to do in an asthma emergency. Learn Asthma First Aid and make sure your family and friends are aware of what to do in an emergency.
9. Learn about asthma. Be informed. Doctors, pharmacists and asthma educators can provide you with information. Enrol in a ‘Live Well with Asthma’ session at the Asthma Foundation.
10. Always warm up before exercise and cool down after exercise. While exercise can be a trigger for asthma, with the right approach it can be managed effectively and can limit the impact of asthma. Remember, even elite athletes have asthma.
For more information please call the Asthma Foundation of SA on 1800 645 130 from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or visit the website at www.asthmasa.org.au