Managing asthma can be very challenging and complex but we know that good asthma management leads to less asthma flare -ups and hospital visits. To help with good asthma management, we have developed a few steps to follow;

STEP 1

Visit your doctor for an asthma review

  • Visit your doctor every 6 – 12 months for an asthma review.
    With your doctor:

    • assess your current level of asthma control
    • make sure you are on the right medicines to manage your asthma (e.g. a preventer)
    • check your device technique
    • ensure your Asthma Action Plan is up to date
    • Talk about your asthma triggers, allergies and hay fever

STEP 2

Get a written Asthma Action Plan
An Asthma Action Plan is something developed with a doctor to help provide clear instructions on what to do when experiencing asthma symptoms or during an asthma flare-up and should include instructions about managing asthma alongside identified triggers.

With your doctor, develop or update your written Asthma Action Plan.

Follow a written Asthma Action Plan for:

    • better controlled asthma
    • fewer asthma flare-ups
    • fewer days off work or school
    • reduced reliever medication use
    • fewer hospital visits

STEP 3

Take the Asthma Control Test

If you have experienced any of the following in the last four weeks it indicates your asthma may not be under control.

  • daytime asthma symptoms more than 2 days per week
  • need for reliever more than 2 days per week
  • any limitation on activities due to asthma symptoms
  • any asthma symptoms during the night or on waking

Visit asthma.org.au/asthma-control-test to get your Asthma Score.

STEP 4

Preventer – every day, even when well
Preventers work to reduce the inflammation in the airways. Regular use of your preventer makes the airways less sensitive, which reduces the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms (reducing the need for your reliever medication) and the risk of future flare-ups. Daily use of a preventer is key to keeping well.

STEP 5

Check your device technique
Up to 90% of people are thought to use their inhalers incorrectly, which means the dose of medicine isn’t getting into the lungs where it’s needed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to check you are using your inhaler medication device correctly.

STEP 6

Learn the steps of Asthma First Aid
The Asthma First Aid app is your go-to tool for an asthma emergency. It covers both first aid in the event of an asthma emergency plus the ability to review each of the four first aid steps. Download the Asthma First Aid app from the App Store or Google Play.

For more information on how to manage your asthma, call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) and speak with an Asthma Educator.