World Asthma Day aims to improve asthma awareness care and support for those affected by asthma.
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 is World Asthma Day. Although it is mostly focused on the person with asthma, support also extends to family and friends.
So what is Asthma?
It is a disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems. Coughing, breathlessness, wheezing, along with a tight feeling in the chest are common symptoms.
Asthma UK Cymru is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people with asthma in Wales. As part of Asthma UK, they run helpline that is staffed by expert asthma nurses. It’s available on 0300 222 5800 and is open Monday to Friday, 9am- 5pm.
Sadly asthma is not curable, however it can be controlled with positive steps:
Have a personal asthma management plan prepared with a doctor
This would include information about medications and when they should be taken, along with going over risk factors of asthma which should be avoided.
Take the correct medications at the appropriate times
Sticking to a routine can help control the disease.
Be aware of the symptoms and what can make your asthma worse
Learning how to recognise symptoms early can help reduce the chances of asthma attacks happening.
Finally, be prepared in case you have an asthma attack
Carry the correct medication around with you. Also it may be an idea to have an information card on you. This could inform others of your condition and moreover give instructions on what they could do to help.
Asthma and children
It is important to manage your child’s asthma well. This way they are more likely to be able to get on with life as normal as possible without the asthma symptoms getting in the way.
Your child should have their personal asthma management plan reviewed and updated every six months by a GP. This should give you an idea of your child’s triggers and can give a clear pattern on how you manage the condition. It would be a good idea to share this action plan with anyone who is involved with your child, such as grandparents or parents of friends if they visit their houses. You could either photocopy it or take a photo of the action plan and share it. This will help them to also be confident if your son or daughter has an asthma attack.
However don’t forget to let your child’s school have a copy and also any clubs that they may be involved in. Additionally, if your child is old enough, then make sure they also have their own copy to carry round with them.
Visit Asthma UK’s site for further information about managing your child’s asthma. Finally, more on World Asthma Day can be found here.
If you feel you need to talk to someone about this issue or any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.