Here we will show you how to have your asthma under perfect control so that you can always breathe deeply!
A "Disease Management Program" (DMP) is a structured treatment with regular check-ups and optimal treatment based on the results of the examination. The DMP thus contributes to avoiding long-term effects and maintaining quality of life.
As a rule, the check-up takes place at the doctor's. But you can also be the manager of your illness yourself. To do this, enter an appointment in your calendar every three months so that you do not forget to do the self-check.
Proceed as follows on the day of the check:
1. Carrying out the GINA asthma test:
- Do you have asthma symptoms more than twice a week during the day?
- Do you wake up at night with asthma symptoms?
- In addition to your regular medication / sprays, do you need an asthma spray more than twice a week?
- Are symptoms of asthma affecting you in your physical activity?
If you can answer "no" to all four questions, everything is fine. If it stays that way for more than six months, talk to your doctor about whether the medication can be reduced.
If you answered yes to one or more questions, you should discuss with your doctor whether it is necessary to increase the drug therapy.
2. Measure your peak flow. You can get the device from 15-20 € in a pharmacy. Perform the peak flow measurement three times and write down the values. The best value counts.
- If the peak flow value is in the normal range - i.e. at least 80% of your personal best value, everything is fine.
- If the value is significantly lower, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss how to proceed.
3. Have you been in the hospital for asthma since the last DMP? If so, you should go to your doctor for a follow-up check.
4. Do you take your medication regularly and do you tolerate it well? If not, e.g. because you experience side effects, you should make an appointment with your general practitioner to talk about how to optimize your medication.
5. Are you getting on well with the inhalation technique while using the spray? If not, you should register for an asthma training course through your doctor.
6. Do you have an up-to-date, written treatment plan that includes guidance on managing asthma attacks? If not, you should make an appointment with your general practitioner to prepare one.