Asthma affects 2.7 million Australians. If not managed properly asthma can be life threatening.
Asthma Council Australia has updated the guidelines setting new standards of medical care and treatments: in hospital, at the GP and at the pharmacy.
If you have asthma or are a carer, how do these changes affect you?
- Your GP and pharmacist should train you to use your inhaler correctly so that you receive the right dose of medication at the right time.
- Asthma medication should be regularly checked and adjusted by your GP particularly during childhood and adolescence.
- You should have an Asthma Action Plan provided by your GP, and it needs to be updated every 6 months.
- If you are admitted to hospital with acute asthma you should receive a plan on discharge which includes a follow-up within 3 days plus a review at 2–4 weeks.
- Medication costs can add up but ask your GP about the range of treatment options within your financial means.
- Thunderstorm asthma advice is now blanket – check pollen levels and avoid being outdoors during springtime storms when pollen count is high.
- Back to school asthma can be a serious risk – speak to your GP about a management plan for your child.
For more information go to asthmaaustralia.org.au, visit our Asthma section, or call the Asthma helpline 1800 278 462.