A person who has asthma and really wants relief from his asthma symptoms must get involved and care for himself the way it should be. A good understanding of the disease can ease the fear of attack, the feeling of not knowing what is coming, and also the anxiety surrounding not being able to breathe freely.
There are several available options besides medication which can help an affected person to control and manage asthma. They include: Make an Action Plan For patients who do not already have one, it is advised that they work with their doctor to create an asthma action plan.
It explains how a person is already managing his asthma and what is needed to improve the care and control of the disease, such as what triggers an attack and ways to control them, how much medicine is okay and how to control symptoms.
This will make the affected person more familiar with the disease as the saying goes “He who understands a problem, have already gone half way down the path of the solution.” The use of peak flow meter is a cheap, hand-held gadget that measures how fast air comes out when you exhale hard after a full breath in.
This number is called a peak expiratory flow (PEF). A peak flow meter may be used to help recognize when symptoms worsen. Many asthma symptoms develop from not being able to inhale and exhale properly. If the PEF goes down, that is a sign the asthma is getting worse and the affected person needs to do something about it.
Managing a diary is a good way to keep track of how well-controlled a person’s asthma is. Records such as places the affected person visited before and attack, what he was doing, the medication he used during the attack, their efficacy and also PEF numbers.
All of this information put together can help the affected person an also his doctor to see patterns and recognize warning signs of asthma attack. It also helps to prevent or stop them before the situation gets critical. Despite any claims you might hear, there is no cure for asthma. Asthma is a serious illness, and the only way to manage one’s health properly is to work with a doctor.