Health Talk Asthma Podcast: Part 3

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /

Hello and welcome to our podcast series
health talk by iehp your Inland Empire health plan. I’m Chanell, a health
educator at IEHP. Hello and I’m Veronica also a health educator at iehp. I’d like
to remind everyone that we teach asthma classes for iehp, we are not licensed
physicians, so please see your doctor for any medical advice. Chanell in episodes 1
& 2 we talked a lot about asthma we explained what it is
and went over some of the things that can trigger an asthma attack. Today we’ll
talk about managing your asthma so let’s begin by going over some medicines to
treat asthma. Absolutely so there are two types of asthma medications, the first
type are anti-inflammatory or corticosteroids and the second type are
beta agonist or bronchial dilators. The anti-inflammatory or cortical steroid
medications are commonly known as controller meds, these medications help
reduce swelling and mucus inside the airway and are used on a daily basis
the beta agonist or the bronchial dilators are commonly known as rescue or
quick relief medications. These meds relax through muscles in and around the
airway that tighten during an asthma attack. These medications are used on an
as-needed basis, now I just discussed two types of asthma medications but these
medications are delivered in several different ways. I’m going to talk about
four different methods of asthma medication delivery. The first method is
through what is called an MDI or metered dose inhaler. This inhaler is called a
metered dose inhaler because on the back of it there is a small little dose
counter, every time you use that medication the number changes so it
allows you to keep track of how much medicine you have, it is recommended that
you use an MDI with a spacer. A spacer is a device that you attach to the
end of your inhaler and it allows you to get more of that medication down into
your lungs sometimes when we take a puff from our inhaler the meds can end up on
the back of our throat when we need it in our lungs, the spacer helps out with
that. Another device is called a dry powder inhaler or a DPI these inhalers
deliver medication in the form of a dry powder and do not
require a spacer. To use this inhaler the individual would take a deep breath in
to get the medication down into their lungs, this inhaler comes in a disc form
so you’ll also hear it referred to as a discus, both the metered dose inhaler and
the dry powder inhaler need to be stored in a cool dry place. The next two ways
you can receive asthma medication is through oral steroids which can come in
the form of pills or liquids and through nebulizer treatments. With a nebulizer
the medication is delivered in the form of a mist through either a mask or a
mouthpiece. Nebulizer treatments are often given in the ER but people can
have nebulizers at their homes as well. Veronica what are some other ways we can manage our asthma besides medication? The asthma action plan is a tool that helps
you manage your asthma, it’s a written plan that you and your doctor put
together. This form will have a list of asthma medications, asthma symptoms and your peak flow ranges. Another tool is a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter
measures how well air moves out of the lungs peak flow values can show when
triggers can make your asthma worse and if your airways are getting smaller
before you have any asthma symptoms. Thanks for sharing those techniques with
us Veronica. Well that’s all for our asthma podcast. I’m Chanell and I’m
Veronica thank you for listening we invite you to listen to all our podcast
episodes on asthma under the series health talk. To learn more about asthma
call the iehp health education team at one eight six six two two four four
three four seven. It’s one more way iehp is helping you reach your
destination health. you

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