Coping with Asthma
We provide patients with specialized care for diagnosing, treating and managing all degrees of asthma.
Each patient’s asthma is different. Your airways react differently to certain triggers at different times, which can result in varied symptoms. As such, here at JBN, Asthma treatments are custom designed to meet your exact needs.
All patients who are being tested for asthma will undergo a spirometry test, conducted by a technician within the JBN office.
Our asthma educator sees patients who are newly diagnosed with asthma, for follow-ups with patients who have had asthma for awhile, or have had worsening conditions with their existing asthma.
A spirometry test is conducted to assess the patient’s lung function by a technician in the JBN medical clinic. Once completed, the asthma educator reviews the test results with the patients.
The asthma educator will also discuss how well a patient is controlling their asthma, assess their current activity levels, and address general health concerns.
Additionally, the asthma educator provides guidance to asthma patients on how to properly use an inhaler, answer any questions or concerns regarding medication or treatment options, as well as provide you with helpful and educational material from the Lung Association.
Asthma Management Plan
An asthma management plan tells you what medicine to take and when to take it. It will help you take your medications the right way consistently. If your asthma management plan is not working and you still have symptoms with exercise, at rest, at night, or early in the morning, you need to review your asthma management plan with your physician. Before changing your medications, your physician will want to reevaluate your trigger control measures, your technique of administering your inhaled medications, the severity of your asthma, and any problems that you have taking your medications.
Remember: Inhaled bronchodilators relieve symptoms, but they cannot reduce or prevent the airway swelling that causes the symptoms to return or persist. When you have to use a bronchodilator frequently, it may be a sign that the swelling in your airways is getting worse. If your bronchodilator medication does not seem to work as well or for as long as it previously had, this may be a sign that your asthma is getting worse. If you use an inhaled short-acting beta2-agonist to relieve symptoms every day or if you use it more than three or four times in a single day, your asthma may be getting much worse. You probably need another kind of medication. Discuss this with your physician right away.
Note: Any medication reorders or new prescriptions will be discussed with, and prescribed by the allergist directly.
What are the two key types of Asthma Medication?
These are medications that act quickly to relax muscles that have tightened around the airways and promptly relieve your asthma symptoms. If you have symptoms only every now and then (less than once or twice a week), a short acting inhaled bronchodilator may be all you need to control asthma symptoms. If you have an asthma episode, your physician may tell you to take more of your bronchodilator medication. This may be enough to relieve your symptoms. However, a second medication may be prescribed for serious episodes. Your asthma action plan will give you more information on medications to take during asthma episodes.
If exercise is one of your asthma triggers, your physician may prescribe an inhaled short acting bronchodilator before exercise. This will keep an episode from starting.
These are medications taken every day to control your asthma and help prevent attacks. Your physician will prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to reverse and prevent the swelling that causes the symptoms of asthma. If you have symptoms more than once or twice a week, you need an anti-inflammatory medication. You need to take this medication EVERY DAY, even on days when you don’t have symptoms. For asthma patients with allergies, some physicians may also prescribe an extra dose of cromolyn, which is a type of anti-inflammatory drug. Patients are instructed to take this dose before coming in contact with a known trigger (for example, before visiting the house of a friend or relative who has a cat).