Have you been diagnosed with asthma? It’s a debilitating disease that frequently causes coughing fits, the feeling of a tight chest, shortness of breath and can more depending on you and your general health. Quick-relief puffers are ideal for mitigating the immediate symptoms that asthma sufferers in Sydney, and abroad, have to endure on a daily basis.As an asthmatic in Sydney’s north western suburbs, when was the last time you went for a proper medical check-up to evaluate your condition? Dr J Thomas is an advocate for managing chronic diseases and he recommends that you schedule a consultation with your local GP to discuss an action plan or at least learn more about you can better manage your health.
What Triggers Your Asthma?
Most asthmatics tend to experience an attack or a bout of intense symptoms when something triggers them. This varies from person to person however common cause to an asthma attack include:
Air pollution (dust, smoke etc.)
Allergies to foods
Perfume and other strong scents
In many cases, an event like the common cold or pollutants in the air can trigger a severe asthma attack that has the potential to aggravate typical asthma symptoms. Do you know what to do when this happens? If you have a good asthma treatment plan in place you and or your family, friends, colleagues and peers should be able to assist when urgent attention is required. In these situations, you can potentially avoid a trip to the hospital by following these guidelines.
Don’t Wait for it to Get Worse
Ideally, you shouldn’t let yourself get sick and then react; you should always be on your guard and prevent issues before they become major problems. You should be aware of your asthma triggers so that you can adjust your lifestyle accordingly. If physical exertion, for instance, is your asthma trigger, check in Dr J Thomas.
Think About Tomorrow and the Future
There are usually two types of medications that asthmatics use to alleviate and manage their condition. Quick-relief options like Ventolin are good for instant results. Depending on your condition, some asthmatics only use these puffers when required.
Sometimes, though, a serious attack can happen when you least suspect it. A long-term prevention is good for maintaining control of your asthma even when you think everything is normal. If you suspect that your overall health is improving and your reliance on medication is declining, consider a medical check-up to re-evaluate your asthma action plan.
Call Dr J Thomas
Dr J Thomas is a family physician in Sydney.Contact us today to learn more about our medical clinics and how we can help you take control of your asthma in Sydney.