Case Study Asthma

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What information in the case study suggests that her asthma is not well controlled?
From the information gathered from the case study above, SE asthma is not well controlled because, she has been using her albuterol metered- dose inhaler approximately three to four days a week over the last two months. She has been awakened by cough three nights during the last month. She has shortness of breath during exercise, which does not usually occur to her during exercise. She has been hospitalized two times in the last year due to her asthma exacerbation and SE has visited the emergency department six times for the past six months due to asthma symptoms and exacerbation
What factors could possibly lead to this?
From the information gathered, it is noted that her hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is positive. This indicates that SE is pregnant. HCG is produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells formed in the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. Although she is pregnant, it cannot only be attributed to her asthma exacerbations. In general, asthma triggers are the same during pregnancy as at any other time. Like the situation with asthma symptoms, during pregnancy …show more content…

This patient needs some education on the use of her asthma medication, both for long- acting which is Fluticasone (Flovent) and short - acting which is albuterol. Since SE has an exacerbation at this time, albuterol should be given to control her present symptoms and flovent should also be used for her daily maintenance. It is safer for a pregnant woman who has asthma to be treated with asthma medications than for her to have asthma symptoms and attack. This is because poor control of asthma poses a greater risk to the fetus than asthma medicine

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