I adopted certain habits that I felt would assist in preventing the asthma from worsening. I exercised on a daily basis in order to keep weight off. I also avoided known triggers for asthma, which included wearing my SCBa until all
While unfortunately asthma is not a curable disease, for most asthmatics its can be well controlled meaning there will less symptoms or flare-ups and limits to your life. With correct medication, knowledge about the disease and skills, asthma shouldn’t stop you. There are many treatment options available when it comes to asthma. Asthma treatments vary from your basic asthma inhalers to steroids and other anti-inflammatory medicines and asthma nebulizer (Breathing Machine). (Anon., n.d.) The role that medical practitioners play with asthma is a very precise job. This role includes assessment, diagnosis, prescription of regular medications, provision of written action plans, and regular review as well as managing asthma flare-ups. Asthma-related visits to a general practitioner may occur for a variety of reasons, including: the acute or reactive management of asthma symptoms, a visit for maintenance activities, such as monitoring and prescription of regular medications and referral to other health professionals. (Anon.,
When one is diagnosed with asthma there are several places where one can look for information other than their doctor. There are chat rooms and message boards on the internet or support groups in the patients’ local area. For children it is important to focus on things they can do and not on what they cannot do. Make sure teachers are aware of the diagnosis so they too can be on the lookout for symptoms. Making sure friends and family are aware as well. While there is no prevention for developing asthma there are however ways one can prevent attacks. Follow your asthma action plan. Identify and avoid asthma triggers such as allergens and irritants. Monitor ones breathing, this way you may be able to learn what the warning signs are to an attack. Make sure to take ones
Since asthma exacerbations in adolescence can lead to emergency room visits, hospitalizations, missed school and diminished health status, there was an evident need for effective asthma management for this population (Quaranta et al., 2014). Unfortunately, these rural adolescents with asthma, and their families, had difficulty determining when their asthma was poorly controlled; and unless the asthma symptoms were disruptive to family life, there was often little motivation for these individuals to seek medical care, thus increasing the risk of poor outcomes (Quaranta et al., 2014, p. 99). According
One strategy that has shown to improve medication compliance and outcomes for patient with asthma is the provision of Asthma Action Plans (AAP). The Asthma Action Plan or AAP is widely recognized as the best tool for asthma self-management and has been demonstrated to improve outcomes for asthmatics. The AAP is a detailed plan that describes medications and treatments, how to control asthma, and how to address worsening asthma. The plan also describes when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room. The plan breaks down the severity of symptoms and treatment by color helping those with limited language skills and low health literacy the ability to understand the asthma treatment plan. (Nepaul et al.,
Asthma is a respiratory disease that many people deal with every single day. “According to World Health Organization, approximately 180,000 people die from asthma each year.” (Jardins and Burton 187) Most people never think of asthma as a life threatening disease, but it can be crucial. As the number of
There are treatment options available to help avoid asthma attacks. The use of corticosteroids is an option to help open up the airways. This can be found in metered dose inhalers and breathing treatments with the use of a nebulizer. For some people, seasonal allergy medication is used in concurrence with their inhalers to help manage any potential flare ups. However, these medications are fairly costly. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 black adults cannot afford their necessary asthma medications. Unfortunately, this can lead to even higher costly medical emergency visits, or even death.
Putting on AIRS is a free program for residents of Connecticut who have a diagnosis of asthma, and who may benefit from a home visit by a Certified Asthma Educator and an Environmental Specialist. Darlene had a home visit on March 4th. Enclosed you’ll find the signed release of information which permits the program to make available the summary of the visit. In addition, find the Asthma Control Test (ACT), taken from the Measures of Asthma Assessment and monitoring document page 67; “Patient Self-Assessment” (EPR-2 1997) that her mom completed at the time of
Impression/Plan: 1. Asthma, stable. 2. Vocal cord dysfunction, stable. 3. History of tracheobronchomalacia. 4. Obstructive sleep apnea. I have made no changes to Ms. Dahlberg's bronchodilator and inhaled corticosteroid use. She does have a prescription of prednisone at home, as she is well aware of her asthma exacerbation equivalents. She does have a history of steroid use psychosis and I advised her to initiate treatment at 40 mg per day. She should then seek further medical attention after initiating systemic steroids. She should also continue use of her current bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids.
The effect of asthma can range from mild, irregular symptoms causing minor problems for an individual to severe and sudden asthma attacks. The extent of what causes asthma is not well known or fully understood but some common triggers include, cold temperatures, dust mites, cockroaches, pollen, sickness, mould and animal hair. When triggered, the airways in the lungs become inflamed and constricted causing shortness of breath, chest pain and wheezing [R]. Currently, there is no cure for asthma however symptoms can be managed with medication and improved living standards [R]. Asthma symptoms are commonly controlled with the use of inhalers, either preventers (taken to desensitizes airways to triggers) or relievers (provides instant relief by relaxing the muscles) .
Growing up in school, I always saw classmates struggle with asthma. They struggled when the seasons changed, or when we would go out side for recess or P.E. Many school environments do not provide contaminated air, mold, etc. which exacerbate the problem. With a few nebulizers, younger students with asthma will have better lung development compared to if they were breathing in contaminated
ASTHMA'S QUICK HERBAL REMEDY Asthma is life threatening and agonizing even embarrassing when you can't get your breath straight in public. In America alone almost thirty million people suffer from it. This translates into lots of money spent in the hospitals not to cure the disease but to manage it. So many inhalers are within reach of these victims, well could you be suffering while help is just some herbs away?
This paper briefly discusses childhood asthma relative to three nursing theories. It entails background information, literature review, application of theories, and implications for the advanced nursing practice. Childhood asthma is a growing healthcare issue in the United States. It is a common childhood medical disorder that affects approximately 7.1 million children
2. Discuss the educational points that should be included when Breathing techniques such as inhaling through the nose and breathing out from the mouth slowly can be helpful for a patient to be aware of. Last, the patient should always have the physician’s information if asthma attacks become more frequent or they believe their inhaler to not be helping.
Review of Related Literature and Critical Appraisal Asthma is a chronic airway disease that can be difficult to manage, resulting in poor outcomes and high costs (Kuhn et al., 2015). It is characterized by episodes of expiratory airflow obstruction, which occurs in response to multiple stimuli or triggers. Asthma is a