Asthma sufferers have been urged to be more vigilant after a poll found that half of those with the condition do not think they are at risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack...
A survey more than 50,000 sufferers found that 52% do not think they are at risk of an attack, but Asthma UK warned that nine out of 10 of those people are mistaken.
The charity, which released the figures as part of its Stop Asthma Deaths campaign, said that sufferers who do not take their preventer inhaler every day, or those who ignore worsening symptoms and those without a personal asthma action plan are at risk.
Asthma and exercise
One of the goals of asthma treatment is to help you maintain a normal and healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise and other physical activities. Following an asthma action plan by taking medications as prescribed by your doctor, avoiding triggers, and monitoring your symptoms and lung function will help you achieve this goal.
Some people with asthma find that exercise triggers their asthma symptoms. However, exercise is good for everyone, including people with asthma. If your asthma is well controlled, there is no reason why you shouldn't able to join in, have fun and keep fit, the same as everybody else.
Dr Hilary's steps to asthma control:
First of all:
Preventative measures - You need to remove the causes of asthma, such as allergens and airborne irritants.
Use your relief inhaler as necessary.
Use your inhaled preventative at a low dose.
Use your inhaled preventative at a higher dose and add long-acting bronchodilator: Other options are also available at this and higher steps.
Consider using nebuliser therapy and steroids.
Key points to remember
1. Guidelines have been developed to help nurses and doctors to provide optimal management of all patients with asthma using a series of treatment steps.
2. One way of maintaining good control over your asthma is to come up with a management plan. These may either be either peak-flow or symptom based.
3. Many GP surgeries have set up asthma clinics, often run by specially trained asthma nurses. It is worth going for regular check ups to ensure that your asthma is kept under control in the most effective way.