Understanding Bronchial Asthma
Posted: Wednesday, May 06th, 2009 | Posted by: Dr. Vishnu Sharma | Views: 24568
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Bronchial Asthma is a frightening disease for the patient even when one is not acutely ill. Because the diagnosis of asthma causes an uncomfortable feeling in the patients mind.

There have been many occasions when people have asked if patients can go abroad or other places for higher studies/careers. This question arises because many patients are apprehensive about asthma especially acute attacks.

Learning to deal with it...

With proper medication and lifestyle changes, an asthmatic can lead a normal life. This is where self-management strategies in asthma management come in handy. But then, this does not mean walking around with a bronchodilator or steroid injection. Asthma is a chronic disease, needs regular medication and follow-up in majority.

The best practice is to give the patient a written action plan stating what he/she should do regularly and in emergency. Most importantly this has to be explained to the patient.

An acute bronchospasm frightens the victim and challenges the health care giver. Bronchial asthma causes high morbidity, threatens mortality and impacts primary care and emergency resources.

Many patients are cared for by general practitioners. There is a great need to educate the public about the self-management strategies for asthma. But there will be no need for one if the patient strictly adheres to the written action plan.

Tips for Asthma Patients
  • Bronchial asthma cannot be cured but can be controlled.
  • It is chronic disease like diabetes or hypertension and medicines have to be taken regularly. The only difference is, some patients get better after three months.
  • Asthma is a disease of remissions and relapses. Feeling better after three months does not mean a cure. It only means the disease is in a phase of remission, which can vary from a few days or months to five years or more.
  • Inhaled corticosteroids are the best means of treatment. If your doctor is not prescribing steroid inhalers for maintenance, ask why?
  • If your physician wants you to take drugs regularly, continue it and follow his advice.
  • Relievers can be used on a need-to basis.
  • The best way to control asthma is to learn more about the disease itself.
  • There is no need for regular visits to the physicians office if you follow his/her advice. Just call to say that you are doing well.
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