Achieving a symptom free, normal life for a person with asthma is what asthma management is aiming for. This also aims in preventing permanent damage to the lungs and its functions.
The outcome of this chronic disease management depends upon the patient, the doctor and other health professionals.
Asthma management education by doctors and other experts means that the patient understands his condition and is able to manage themselves in between visits to the doctor. Individual action plans are important covering the following details:
• What needs to be done when symptoms occur, return or increase
• When to increase medications and how
• When to go for medical help
How is asthma treated?
Treatments of this chronic lung disease are determined based on the following:
• The extent of disease
• The patient’s age, medical history and overall health
• Patient’s tolerance to some procedures, medications or therapies
• Patient’s expectations for the course of the ailment
• Patient’s preference or opinion
Why is asthma management important?
• Since asthma is a chronic disease, it has to be continuously cared for and not only during the presence of symptoms.
• Working with a doctor or health expert is the best way to take care of this disease.
• Asthma is better controlled if the patient has better knowledge of its triggers, symptoms, treatments and prevention
There are four parts of continually managing this chronic disease:
1. Monitor asthma to know when signs are worsening
2. Understand and take the prescribed medications
3. Identify and lessen contact with triggers
4. Know what actions to take when it gets worse
There is no cure for asthma but it can be controlled to make it possible for a patient to enjoy and active, normal living.