Fast Facts for Patients and their Supporters: Asthma: Information + Taking Control = Best Outcome
Asthma is a long-term condition that reduces the amount of air flowing in and out of the lungs. Whether your symptoms are mild, difficult-to-control or severe, it is important to be in control of your asthma. The information in this booklet is designed to help you and your family better understand the condition, what triggers it and how to treat it. It includes clear instructions for good inhaler technique and emphasizes the importance of having an Asthma Action Plan in place so that you know:
when and how often to take your treatment
how to tell if your symptoms are getting worse
what to do when your symptoms get worse.
With simple clear illustrations, explanation of medical terms and space to write down the questions you want to ask your doctor or nurse, this resource will help you take control of your asthma.
What is asthma?
What causes asthma?
What are the symptoms of asthma?
What are the tests for asthma?
What medications are used to treat asthma?
Inhalers and spacers
Your Asthma Action Plan
How do I prevent an asthma attack?
How do I manage an asthma attack?
Treatment of severe asthma
Asthma in older people
Asthma in pregnancy
Asthma in children
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