How do I control symptoms?

    Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00  Blog
  • Regular check-ups with your doctor are very important, even if you have been symptom free for an extended period.
  • Take all your prescribed medications. There are two types of medicine:
    • Long-term control medications – These are taken daily on a long-term basis. They maintain control by lessening chronic inflammation.
    • Quick-relief medications – These are short-acting beta agonists (SABAs). They relax airway muscles to provide quick relief.
  • Children should follow a written action plan written by you and your child’s doctor. It should list what medications to give your child and what to do if symptoms worsen, including what medications to give and when to contact your child’s doctor or go to the emergency room.
  • Monitor your child’s breathing with a peak flow meter. Peak flow monitoring is considered for children around 6 years and older with moderate or severe persistent symptoms, a history of severe episodes, perceived airflow obstruction, or worsening symptoms. This easy-to-use plastic device measures how well air moves out of your child’s lungs. The peak flow number and your symptoms are used as a guide to help diagnose severity.

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