Asthma affects the airways in the lungs by making it harder to breathe. All of our GP’s can assist with the diagnosis and treatment of Asthma.
Asthma occurs as a result of various triggers such as inflammation, constriction and extra mucous. Asthma affects around 10% of the population in Australia, some people getting it when they are young, and others when they are older. The majority of children and adults have mild or very mild asthma.
It’s not uncommon for adults to be diagnosed with asthma. Adults typically experience persistent symptoms and may require daily treatment to keep flares under control.
Management of asthma requires a committed approach. Be sure to keep track of asthma symptoms so your doctor can treat you effectively. For instance, whether you are coughing, breathless or wheezy, what are the triggers that seem to make the asthma worse, how often you need your reliever puffer, how often you use your preventer puffer, and any other medications you are taking.
Who can help you with Asthma:
- Your doctor – Is a vital resource for all your asthma-related questions. They may prepare an Asthma Action Plan, help identify triggers, discuss quit smoking options, discuss medication options and suggest frequency of checkups.
- Practice nurse – Can assist you with correct inhaler technique
- Specialist – You may be referred to a specialist if your asthma is hard to control or your symptoms become severe.
Asthma Action Plan
An Asthma Action Plan is prepared by your doctor or nurse and outlines what you need to do to stay in control of your asthma. It helps you to improve your lung function and reduce the negative impact of asthma on your lifestyle. This plan outlines:
- The medication you need to take
- How to tell if your asthma is getting worse
- What to do if you have an asthma attack
Asthma Actions Plans are updated every 6-12 months.