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Preparing for 2021 with asthma

13th January 2021

Written by Louise Beer, Community Health Nurse at Macedon Ranges Health

As we enter the new year, now is the perfect time to revisit your Asthma Action Plan and be prepared for the year ahead.

Start by ensuring you always have your reliever on-hand, so if you have symptoms, you can address them quickly.

Michele Goldman, CEO of Asthma Australia, said that 2020 was a difficult one “for people with asthma and allergies……with the bushfire crisis, where our cities were blanketed in smoke for weeks … We hadn’t recovered from the fires and then we were hit with a global respiratory pandemic.”

As a chronic respiratory condition, in the situation where a person with asthma contracts coronavirus, they may be more likely to develop a serious illness if they’re over the age of 50 or have severe asthma.

Stormy weather, which usually runs from November to April, can be a trigger for some asthma sufferers, as well as non-asthma sufferers, Goldman reveals.

How to prepare for the year ahead

  • Do not dismiss or underestimate your symptoms
  • If you do have asthma, it’s critical you take your asthma preventative consistently
  • Keep your (blue) reliever inhaler with you wherever you go as it is vital to address symptoms quickly

And if it’s been a while since you last looked at or spoke to your GP about your Asthma Action Plan, now’s the time to follow-up on that. Your plan should include medications when well, medications when not well, medications and instructions if asthma symptoms are getting worse, and signs asthma symptoms are getting worse and when someone should call an ambulance.

Goldman reinforced maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help keep your asthma under control. “Make sure you eat well, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

If you would like to make an appointment to review your Asthma Action Plan, call Macedon Ranges Health on 5428 0300.

You can find out more about the services offered at Macedon Ranges Health here.