Are you all too familiar with a tightness in your chest, coughing and wheezing that tells you that you have asthma? Do your symptoms disrupt your daily routine, wake you up at night or keep you from doing things you like or need to do?
Asthma can be a serious condition, but it doesn't have to stop you from doing all the things you like or need to do. You can keep asthma under control and live a normal life through an asthma self-management program designed and presented by our respiratory care practioners in cooperation with your physician.
About Asthma Self-Management Program:
Your goal is to avoid asthma attacks by controlling the underlying inflammation that makes your air passages so sensitive. We can help you achieve your goal and control your asthma with specific education:
- You will be taught the difference between normal lungs and lungs affected by asthma.
- You will understand how the medications your physician has prescribed will help prevent or treat an asthma attack.
- You will learn what triggers your asthma and how to avoid such irritants.
- You will learn how to monitor your breathing on a daily basis with a peak flow meter.
- You will also learn how to use a meter dose inhaler or a nebulizer to administer your medications.
Peak Flow Measurements and Asthma Zones:
Peak flow meter measures the speed at which you can push air out of your lungs at any one time. The peak flow will tell you how well you are controlling your asthma -- even before you have symptoms.
Your peak flow will place you in a green, yellow or red zone, much like the traffic light system.
Green means "all clear", yellow is a warning that your airways are becoming inflamed and red means you are having an asthma attack and need immediate medical attention.
Your Treatment Plan:
Your physician will prescribe what to do when you are in the green, yellow or red zone by developing a treatment plan. Monitoring your breathing, using medications, controlling your triggers and exercising regularly are all part of this plan.
About Respiratory Care Practioners
Respiratory care practioners are professional providers of quality health care to all age groups in hospitals, alternative sites and in the home. Respiratory Care Practioners assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of asthma and other cardiopulmonary diseases.