here is a link to the National Asthma Council with a series of videos on how to use spacers and inhalers.
Robina 7 Day Doctors and Acupuncture recommends this video
it is very important to use inhalers, spacers and nasal sprays properly otherwise you may not get the benefit but get the side effects.
Medicines are essential to good management. Good care also involves treatment for other health conditions that can affect asthmatic conditions.
A healthy lifestyle helps asthmatic people stay in control of their symptoms and feel well.
Everyone should have their own written asthma action plan to follow that includes instructions for when they are well and whenever symptoms worsen. Most adults and adolescents can monitor and manage it between visits to the doctor using their action plan. Parents of younger asthmatic children can also learn how to manage their child.
The main aims of asthma treatment are to:
- keep symptoms under control
- prevent flare-ups or ‘attacks’
- keep lungs as healthy as possible
- stop asthma from interfering with school or work
- help you or your child enjoy a full and active life.
Medicines should be prescribed at the lowest strength that works for you or your child – there’s no extra benefit in taking medicines that are stronger than you need.
Tell your doctor what you hope to gain from the treatment, and if you have any particular goals (e.g. for your child to be able to do school sport without symptoms) or concerns (e.g. risks of side-effects).
Every asthmatic adult and child should have their own, personalised, written asthma action plan prepared with their doctor that includes:
- a list of the person’s usual asthmatic medicines, including doses
- instructions on what to do when asthma is getting worse (including when to take extra doses or extra medicines, and when to contact a doctor or go to the emergency department)
- what to do in an asthmatic emergency
- name of the person preparing the plan
- the date.
Written asthma action plans should be checked and updated at least once a year for adults and once every 6 months for children. Bring your action plan or your child’s action plan to every visit to your doctor.
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