Asthma is a chronic lung condition, which requires regular long-time monitoring. Even though there is no cure for it, most asthmatics can lead a full life, as long as their asthma is in good treatment balance. To achieve that, they need consistent self-management. Read our three best tips for better asthma management.
1. Make Sure You Take Your Medication Regularly
Asthma is usually managed with two kinds of medication: an anti-inflammatory treatment medication and rescue medication, which relieves acute symptoms. The latter is meant to be used only when needed and ideally as seldom as possible. Treatment medication, however, should be used regularly, according to your doctor’s orders and your asthma action plan.
Taking your medication might not be the first thing on your mind. Luckily, KAMU Asthma app can be set to notify you when it’s time to take your medication or spirometry test or make a journal entry. You can choose the days and times when you want to receive notifications.
2. Measure Your Lungs Regularly
A chronic lung condition may include times of exacerbation, when the symptoms get worse and your self-care routine might need some changes. The best way to detect these phases on time is to monitor your lung condition with regular measurements. Asthmatics often use a peak flow meter for this, but a spirometer can give you a much more wider picture of your lung condition.
KAMU Asthma self-management service includes a hand-held mobile spirometer KAMU Spiro, which is designed for home use. It’s a hospital-grade device, which gets you quickly and easily several important values, such as FEV1, FVC and PEF.
3. Keep Track of Your Self-Care
Making notes about your symptoms, use of medication, spirometry test results and asthma triggers is a good idea, because it can help you notice at an early stage, if your condition is worsening. It can also help you see if there’s something you could do better in your self-care, as well as communicate better with your healthcare professional.
KAMU Asthma smartphone app has a journal feature for tracking symptoms, medication and triggers. Making an entry only takes a few quick taps on the screen! Spirometry results will be automatically synchronized in the app when your KAMU Spiro is connected with your smartphone. Based on the results and your journal entries, KAMU generates trend reports, which can help you even learn to predict changes in your condition and take action before symptoms start. You can also download and share reports with your doctor or nurse.
Read more about KAMU Asthma here.