Three or more is very poor. Take Control!

If you use your reliever medication three or more times a week, your asthma is out of control and it's time to see your doctor. 

1-7 September is National Asthma Week. This year Asthma Australia and member Foundations aim to raise significant awareness about improving the lives of people living with asthma.

A critical factor in asthma management is effective self-management by the patient - you, the person living with asthma or the person caring for another who has asthma.

Many people with asthma either do not control or monitor their condition properly, or do not know how. They may not, for example, use their inhalers correctly. They may not take their preventer medications regularly, sometimes due to perceptions about side effects. They may not even think about their asthma as a problem. And most still do not have a written asthma action plan, even though national guidelines recommend it.

This situation confirms the importance of continuing to inform people about their condition and about the best was to manage it. But it also sends a powerful message that information alone is not sufficient to change behaviour. People with asthma need hands-on help. Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations are ideally positioned as the patient-facing organisation to support you.

This is why for National Asthma Week 2013 we have chosen the theme 'Three or more is very poor'.

If you use your reliever medication three or more times a week, your asthma is out of control and it's time to see your doctor.

View our National Asthma Week edition of Asthma Update here. 

For more information about asthma, contact your local Asthma Foundation on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).

Click here to enrol in a Course in Early Asthma Management

 

Posted on September 2, 2013 .