- Your GP says that yes, you have been diagnosed with asthma. Well, stay calm, because asthma can be managed. But you need to play a vigorous part in handling it.
- You don’t have to manage this by yourself. In fact, the main part to handling your asthma successfully is to work carefully with your GP or another healthcare provider to study how to handle it.
Think of your GP and his or her team as your instructors and allies in asthma management: They can work with you on a constant basis to alleviate your symptoms.
Their part in this partnership is to assist you in learning how to cope with your asthma by:
- Chatting with you about your asthma treatment objectives and how to attain them;
- Providing you with a printed asthma plan and making certain you know how to apply it;
- Chatting about the medicines you should be taking and clarifying:
- What the medication does,
- The dosage to take,
- When they should be taken,
- Any side effects to look out for, if there are any.
- Clarifying how to take your medications;
- Demonstrating how to gauge your asthma by means of a peak flow meter;
- Chatting about your asthma triggers and supplying information on how to escape them;
- Defining the expected warning signs of an asthma attack and clarifying what actions you should take if you feel an asthma episode is coming on;
- Confronting any worries you have about any part of their recommendations; and
- Responding to all your queries about treating your asthma simply and plainly.
Your function in this partnership is to:
- Probe questions and contribute in decisions about your treatment.
- Chat about your treatment objectives with your GP and come to an agreement on what you can anticipate from your treatment.
- Do what your GP suggests, including taking your medications as recommended and observing your asthma on a consistent basis.
- Keep your GP up-to-date about fluctuations in your condition.
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