*Excluding when you use your reliever to prevent symptoms before exercise.
Think frequent asthma symptoms and attacks are a normal part of life? They’re not. You shouldn’t have to feel trapped by asthma.
To make sure your asthma control is the best it can be, it’s important to discuss your asthma regularly with your GP. Even if you think you’ve tried everything, your asthma can change over time and so can the management options.
Below are some signs that your asthma may be uncontrolled that you shouldn’t ignore.
Oral corticosteroids (OCS) – not to be confused with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) – are medications prescribed by a doctor to treat an asthma attack by quickly reducing inflammation and swelling in the airways.6 While they are an important tool in managing asthma in certain cases, they should be used carefully and like all medications can have side effects.6
One of the signs your asthma management needs to be reviewed is taking more than 2 courses of OCS in the last year.1-3 That means being given OCS on more than 2 occasions. So if that’s you, it’s recommended you see your GP for an asthma review.
If you’ve had to visit the emergency department or been admitted to hospital for an asthma attack in the last year, it’s another sign that your asthma may be uncontrolled.2 The more recently and frequently you’ve been hospitalised, the more important it is you visit your GP for an asthma review.1
Asthma is treated using preventers (to help prevent asthma symptoms) and relievers (to help control asthma symptoms when they appear).5 Everyone who has asthma needs a reliever inhaler (asthma puffer) for times when they have asthma symptoms.5 The aim is to use the lowest dose to control symptoms.6
If you use your reliever inhaler too much, it could mean that your other asthma medications (your preventers) need to be changed.1 But how do you know if you’re relying on your reliever inhaler too much? Using your reliever inhaler 2 or more days a week (excluding when you use it to prevent symptoms before exercise) can be a sign your asthma is uncontrolled.1-3
How are you sleeping? It’s a question everyone with asthma should be asking themselves regularly. When asthma interferes with your sleep, it’s another way it is telling you it may be uncontrolled.1 Experts recommend that anyone who experiences asthma symptoms during the night or asthma symptoms upon waking should visit their GP for an asthma review.1
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