I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Sanofi Genzyme to write about asthma as a chronic disease and new treatments. All opinions are my own.
Dealing with asthma is a daily battle. It’s not one that is based on convenience nor do you know when an asthma attack or symptoms of asthma are going to start happening.
In our house, this is a daily worry. Our boys struggle with asthma every single day and over the years, there are a few things that I have learned that have helped control and manage their overall symptoms. For this reason, I wanted to work with Med-IQ because I know how important it is to take asthma symptoms and signs seriously. Making a plan for dealing with asthma is one cause that I’ll forever support.
Please know that asthma is very serious and if there are ever any questions, please consult a physician for further guidance or help.
Even with the disparities, I see in my own local communities, asthma can be one of those hidden illnesses that are not spoken of in the Hispanic and African American communities. Growing up we didn’t have an issue or it was not spoken about as it could hinder you from certain opportunities.
Making it difficult for people to get diagnosed or go along with the flow of it cures itself without medication or consultation from a doctor or allergist.
These are just tips from my life to yours but I hope that they can help you in finding comfort and help. Seek the advice of a medical professional
While using an inhaler for asthma is important, if you start using your inhaler more than a couple of times per week or if you’re noticing that the asthma medication that you’re on is no longer working as well as it once was, it’s time to seek medical help.
Feeling as though your asthma is no longer controllable can be quite scary and very worrisome. If you experience effects from your asthma that are affecting you living your life, waking you up in your sleep, or limiting things that you normally do. It’s time to seek medical help.
How to start a conversation with your doctor about asthma concerns
There are many hurdles now that people face when figuring out when and why to go see a doctor. This can be because of costs, availability, beliefs, access – and the list goes on and on. It’s important to find a doctor that you can communicate your medical concerns and needs. Shared decision-making in your next plan of action has to occur between you and your doctor. The longer that you wait, the longer the symptoms are going to happen or be worse.
If you’ve stopped taking your asthma medication or have questions about it, getting to talk to the doctor needs to happen asap. Your body needs to find a way to manage your asthma in the best way possible.
Talk to your doctor about an asthma treatment plan so that both of you can rest easy knowing that you’re taking the steps to get your life back on track in the most helpful and healthiest way for you and your body.
Have an asthma treatment plan in place
You really never know what is going to trigger an asthma attack. Colds, Allergies – you name it. There is actually a ladder of treatment plans that you might not even know about. Before anything, you need to know how severe your asthma is. After that, there are options for steroids, bronchodilators and more depending on how severe your asthma is.
To be safe, you can’t deny that things will trigger asthma. Talking to your doctor about a treatment plan and options is a great proactive approach for your health. It’s time to take charge and get an asthma plan in place. Your health and you are 100% worth it. Talk to your doctor, ask the questions, and get the help and information that you need.
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