Asthma Management

An Asthma Management Plan Can Help Manage Triggers & Reduce Attacks

Asthma is a respiratory condition that can usually be managed with inhalers to treat symptoms, but severe cases may require strict management and use of oral steroids or stronger inhalers.

Asthma Management

An Asthma Management Plan Can Help Manage Triggers & Reduce Attacks

Asthma is a respiratory condition that can usually be managed with inhalers to treat symptoms, but severe cases may require strict management and use of oral steroids or stronger inhalers.

What Is Asthma

Asthma is a respiratory medical condition affecting the passageways that bring air into our lungs. The condition causes these breathing passageways to narrow and swell in response to allergens, irritants, or other triggers.

Asthma affects people of all ages but typically starts in early childhood. While there is no cure for asthma, it can be highly controlled with easy-to-take medications and close monitoring.

With the proper medication, it is possible to lead a completely normal life with no asthmatic symptoms or problems exercising.

Symptoms Of Asthma

Some common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

     // Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
     // Frequent coughing
     // Tightness in the chest
     // Shortness of breath
     // Sleeping difficulty due to coughing, or shortness of breath
     // Increased use of an asthmatic inhaler

Some common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

// Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
// Frequent coughing
// Tightness in the chest
// Shortness of breath
// Sleeping difficulty due to coughing, or shortness of breath
// Increased use of an asthmatic inhaler

Asthma Triggers

The triggers and onset of asthma differ for each individual who learns to recognize symptoms very quickly. Some asthma triggers may include:

     // Physical activity
     // Weather changes
     // Pollutants such as smoke, pollen, and dust
     // Viral infections such as the common cold or flu
     // Chemicals or strong smells such as cologne and perfume

The triggers and onset of asthma differ for each individual who learns to recognize symptoms very quickly. Some asthma triggers may include:

// Physical activity
// Weather changes
// Pollutants such as smoke, pollen, and dust
// Viral infections such as the common cold or flu
// Chemicals or strong smells such as cologne and perfume

How Is Asthma Diagnosed?

Your GP is trained to assess, diagnose, and treat your asthma. Diagnosis starts with your GP asking you a range of questions about your breathing difficulties and frequency. They may recommend you to take a Spirometry test to measure breathing functions.

How To Treat Asthma

A good treatment plan for asthma includes preventing symptoms before they occur, and treatment of attacks with the proper medications.

The first step in treating asthma is to get a diagnosis by your GP. Ensure you always have your inhaler on hand as attack onsets can occur anytime and without warning.  

Asthma treatments can change frequently, so close monitoring of symptoms and attacks is important. If you find yourself using your inhaler more than 3-4 times per week, your asthma is not under control and you should inform your doctor.  

Try to avoid encountering triggers to your asthma as much as possible. If an inhaler is not working to minimize symptoms, talk to your doctor about other treatment options.

Asthma Management Plan

An asthma action plan is a plan designed by you and your doctor to manage your asthma. No one plan works for everyone. Close monitoring and documenting of symptom date, time, and severity will assist in implementing a plan to control and treat asthma.  

Your asthma management plan may include:

Instructions on how to recognize symptoms early on.  
Instructions on how and when to use medications.
Steps you should take to manage flare-ups if they are getting worse
The symptoms that are serious enough to require emergency care (and what to do when they occur)
Review your asthma management plan with your GP every 6 months or after a severe episode.

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Where To Find King Street Medical Warrawong

King Street Medical is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

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