Asthma: Are you puff­ing cor­rectly?

Phar­macy of­fers sup­port for con­di­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVICE, TRUST, CARE FOR YOUR HEALTH -

IT’S im­por­tant asthma is well-man­aged so suf­fer­ers can live life to the full.

The aim of asthma man­age­ment is to achieve best con­trol.

At Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera Guardian Phar­ma­cies, we can help you im­prove your asthma man­age­ment with our re­s­pi­ra­tory ser­vices.

Hav­ing “se­vere” asthma means that it is dif­fi­cult to treat, but does not mean that you can’t take con­trol with the right med­i­ca­tions, life­style and sup­port. Some­one with “se­vere” asthma can live as well as some­one with mild asthma – it’s all in the level of con­trol.

The most com­mon asthma symptoms are: short­ness of breath wheeze chest tight­ness, and/or a dry, ir­ri­tat­ing and con­tin­ual cough (es­pe­cially at night or early in the morn­ing; with ex­er­cise or ac­tiv­ity).

Th­ese symptoms, caused by the nar­row­ing of the air­way, vary from per­son to per­son and may also change over time. If your asthma is well-con­trolled you should only have oc­ca­sional asthma symptoms.

It’s im­por­tant to mon­i­tor your asthma by be­ing aware and ac­knowl­edg­ing if your symptoms are get­ting worse. Your writ­ten Asthma Ac­tion Plan, pre­pared in part­ner­ship with your doc­tor, is a help­ful ref­er­ence to know how to re­spond.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHECK-UP: Phar­ma­cist Gra­ham Rowles con­sults Mar­garet Mimi on their new re­s­pi­ra­tory check ser­vices that will help keep her asthma in check.

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