Talking about asthma
Don’t face asthma alone. Talk to your doctor, friends and family for help on how to get better control over asthma so you can live life to its fullest at all times.
Talk to your doctor
Whether you see a general practitioner about your asthma, or if you are seeing a respiratory specialist like a pulmonologist or any other lung doctor, always keep your doctor updated so that he or she can adjust your asthma treatment if necessary. Discuss your symptoms and how they’re affecting you, your asthma triggers and how you’re managing them, as well as your medications and how you’re using them.
Important information you should share with your doctor includes:
- How the symptoms affect you
When do the asthma symptoms occur, under what circumstances, and how severe are they? What does your Asthma Control Test say?
- How you are responding to your medication
What medicine are you taking? Is the asthma getting better or worse?
- How you take your medication
Are you using the device properly? If not, your lungs might not be getting enough medicine.
- Whether asthma stops exercise or physical activity
Do asthma symptoms interrupt you or hold you back?
- Anything new that might impact your asthma
Are you travelling someplace cold or with pollen? Is haze affecting you?
You and your doctor can then use this information to work out what asthma treatment is ideal for you using an Asthma Action Plan.
Talk to the people around you
People close to you can be of great help once you let them. While asthma might not be an easy subject to bring up, talking about it lets your family, friends and colleagues better understand how asthma affects you and the ways they can help and support you.
Help people help and support you
- Let them know what to do
A severe asthma attack can be life threatening. Be sure that your friends, family and colleagues know what to do if your asthma symptoms worsen. Tell them where you keep your quick-relief medication at home and at work and share your Asthma Action Plan so they know what asthma signs to watch out for and the first aid they can give if there’s an emergency.
- Tell them about your asthma triggers
Not everyone knows what asthma triggers are or how badly they might affect you. If you’re affected by smoke, pets or when the air-con gets too cold, letting people know this helps them understand your condition. They’ll be able to help you look out for and avoid your triggers.
- Ask them how you’re doing
With asthma, it’s a good idea to ask someone how you’re doing every now and then. They might be able to point out if your asthma seems to be getting worse, or help you identify instances that trigger your symptoms.
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