Over 2 million Australians are diagnosed with asthma, however if asthma is well controlled, flare ups should not occur often and it should definitely not limit exercise or daily activity. People with asthma have sensitive airways which become inflamed when exposed to certain triggers and this makes it hard for the person to breathe.
There a few ways your pharmacist can help!
1. Ask your pharmacist
It is important to understand how your medicines work and how to take them correctly. Some medicines need to be used regularly to prevent flare ups and others should be used when you are experiencing symptoms to provide quick relief.
2. Document your Asthma Action Plan
All people with asthma should have a written Asthma Action Plan developed with their doctor. The plan helps you recognise when your asthma is getting worse and clearly explains what to do.
3. Perfect your inhaler technique
Inhalers need to be used correctly for them to work. It may seem simple, but it can be tricky without an expert showing you.
4. Use a spacer
Spacers direct medicine to where it is needed, which reduces side effects and improves the medicine’s effectiveness. Spacers make inhalers easier to use too and so, are recommended for almost everyone. Spacers should be cleaned monthly and replaced once a year.
5. Manage your triggers
Different things trigger asthma in different people. Triggers include exercise, cigarette smoke, some medicines, as well as allergens, like dust and pollen. Knowing how to manage triggers can help prevent a flare up.
For more information come in and speak to one of our pharmacists.