Control your asthma – Don’t let asthma control you
Many asthmatics believe their asthma is controlled if they have not been to the emergency room or admitted to the hospital for their asthma. Breathing problems become a part of life. You get used to waking up at night coughing or wheezing or cutting back on activities because you feel tired or short of breath. How do you know if your asthma is controlled? Take the asthma control quiz.
What you can do to improve asthma control:
- Learn as much as you can about asthma.
- Take your medications. Do not stop taking your asthma medications without talking to your provider. Let your provider know if you cannot afford your medications. For medication assistance http://www.needymeds.com/ or http://www.pparx.org/
- Take your medications properly. There are many different inhalers and some can be difficult to use. Show your provider or pharmacist how you are using the inhaler. If you are having trouble, ask your provider for a different medication. For more information on using inhalers, click here.
- Avoid things that trigger your asthma.
- Do not smoke and stay away from second-hand smoke. Get help with quitting smoking.
- Control your weight by exercising and eating right.
- Avoid getting sick. Wash your hands before eating and after visiting public areas such as stores and restrooms.
- Ask your provider for an Asthma Action Plan to follow at home.
- Call your provider if your asthma is getting worse or your medications do not seem to be working.
- See your provider for regular check-ups and make a follow-up appointment within 1 week of going to the emergency room or hospital for your asthma. If you are unable to afford to see a provider click here
The OSU Asthma Center can help:
Our goal is to help you maintain close to normal activity levels while taking the least amount of medicine needed to control your asthma. Our physicians are board certified and have special training in the care and management of asthma. Your care will be based on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Asthma Treatment Guidelines to ensure you are receiving the most up to date treatment options available. We will assess your symptoms and medicine use at each visit and adjust your treatment plan as needed. You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a certified asthma educator, who will develop a personalized asthma action plan for you to follow at home. You will learn how to manage your asthma and what to do if it gets worse. Our team will communicate their findings and send a copy of your personalized asthma plan to your primary care provider.
We also offer several specialized asthma programs:
- Individualized Care and Education for Asthma (ICE). This 3 visit program is perfect for those wanting a comprehensive evaluation by an asthma specialist and one-on-one asthma education while receiving on-going asthma care through their primary provider.
- Asthma in Athletes. This program is geared to the competitive or recreational athlete experiencing shortness of breath, cough, wheezing or reduced endurance during physical activity.
- Refractory (Severe) Asthma. This program is ideal for those with difficult to control asthma. The asthma team provides on-going care and up to date treatments to lessen asthma symptoms and improve quality of life.
- Women and Asthma. This program is tailored to managing asthma in women especially during menses, pregnancy or menopause.
Call 293-4925 to schedule an appointment.