Did you know that over 2 million people in Australia have asthma and it can affect people of all ages?
Asthma is a common respiratory disease that causes the airways to tighten and become inflamed. Symptoms including coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath can affect your quality of life significantly. If asthma is left untreated, permanent damage to the airway can occur and lead to more serious conditions.
Visit your local Wizard Pharmacy today and ensure your asthma is under good control.
What is Asthma Management about?
Have you been waking at night because of your asthma symptoms?
Do you need your reliever medication (e.g. Ventolin) more than three times per week?
Do you get wheezy or breathless, or have difficulty breathing during the day?
Does your asthma interfere with your usual activities?
If you answered yes to any of these, then you may have not achieved best control of your asthma. Good asthma management will allow you to participate in everyday activities such as sport, school and work, living your life to the fullest.
Take control of your asthma by knowing what medication you need to take, how much, and when and how you should take it. Make sure you have an Asthma Action Plan, which is a written set of instructions on how to recognise when symptoms are worsening, what treatment to begin and when to seek medical assistance.
At Wizard Pharmacy, our professional Pharmacist can help provide the tools, care and advice on how to manage your symptoms and keep your asthma under good control.
What will I get?
Asthmatics are often on at least one or two medications and in severe cases even more. There are so many different medications and treatments available which can sometimes be confusing.
During an Asthma Management check-up our Pharmacist will talk to you about how you can manage your asthma effectively by;
Advising you on all your asthma medications.
Reviewing your inhaler technique and providing coaching to maximise your inhaler’s effectiveness.
Managing and reducing any side effects.
Providing information and support on identifying triggers.
Helping identify over the counter or complementary medicines which may exacerbate asthma.
Reviewing and assisting with your asthma action plan.
How much will it cost?
This service is provided for free.
Can I do it?
Anyone who suffers from asthma and would like to learn more about controlling their condition can visit a Wizard Pharmacy for expert advice.
Where can I get it?
No appointments are necessary just contact your local Wizard Pharmacy anytime.
What else do I need to know?
There are things that you can do to help control your asthma;
Have a healthy diet and an active lifestyle – being overweight, smoking or suffering from stress or depression can impact your asthma.
Know and avoid your asthma triggers.
If exercise causes an attack, use your blue reliever inhaler 15 to 30 minutes before activity to prevent or lessen an attack.
If seasonal allergies worsen your asthma consider taking allergy medications after talking to your doctor or Wizard Pharmacist.
Wear a mask when working outdoors or in dusty areas.
Carpet collects dust and irritants so try and avoid it in the home where possible .
Sources: Asthma Australia, National Asthma Council Australia