Preparing for Asthma Peak Week

Asthma Peak Week occurs every year in the third week of September. During this week, children and adults are more exposed to allergy stimulates such as ragweed, mold, and dust. Hospitalizations rise and millions living with asthma and allergies are affected. It is best to start preparing for this week months in advance. Below are tips on how to get ready for Asthma Peak Week.

  1. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider. To keep your asthma under control, it is imperative to schedule an appointment every August. You may think that everything is normal, but it is good to double check. In this appointment it is important to review the types of inhalers you use to analyze their effectiveness. Also, it’s a great time to determine if there are any other new products you could use to better your health.
  2. Always have a rescue inhaler on hand. Even though you may not use your rescue inhaler every day, it is crucial to have one in case of an emergency. Take precautions such as checking its expiration date and detecting how much medicine you have left in it.
  3. Take care of yourself. Amidst this pandemic, it is critical to not lose sight of taking care of yourself. It is hard to keep stress under control but is very beneficial if you do. Stay hydrated, eat healthy, and get plenty of sleep. If you continue to do these things leading up to Asthma Peak Week, you will feel much better.
  4. Avoid asthma triggers. There are a few ways you can minimize your exposure to these allergens:
  • When coming in from outside, remove your shoes and change clothing to rid of any allergens you may bring into the home.
  • During this season, your windows and doors should remain closed.
  • Using an air filter can aid against triggers. Make sure that it is a certified asthma and allergy friendly filter.
  • Shower before bed to remove any possible triggers such as tree, weeds, pollen, grass, or dander.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands often.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Utilizing these steps daily will create a routine and ultimately minimize asthma triggers.

Tria Health and Asthma

Many patients decide to take medications in order to effectively manage their asthma. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you are interested in exploring medication treatments for asthma, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://community.aafa.org/blog/asthma-peak-week-is-here-here-are-some-tips-to-help-you-avoid-asthma-episodes
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannecroteau/2019/09/16/its-asthma-peak-week–heres-how-to-get-ready/amp/
  3. https://www.health.com/condition/asthma/peak-week-allergies-asthma#:~:text=%22%20Although%20peak%20asthma%20time%20can%20vary%20from,Asthma%20and%20Allergy%20Foundation%20of%20America%2C%20tells%20Health.

World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day is held on the first Tuesday in May, in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators throughout the world. Asthma impacts around 8.3% of Americans, which is close to 26.5 million people.1 This Tuesday, take the time to learn more about Asthma and how you can help raise awareness!

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.2

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?

While these symptoms are very common for individuals with asthma, the best way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with your doctor. They’re be able to perform a physical exam and possibly a lung function test.

Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing: Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep.
  • Wheezing: Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe.
  • Chest tightness: This may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
  • Shortness of breath: Some people who have asthma say they can’t catch their breath, or they feel out of breath. You may feel like you can’t get air out of your lungs.

How can you participate in World Asthma Day?

  • Organize debates about local issues affecting asthma control—e.g., pollution, smoking, access to asthma care & medication
  • Organize a hike for people with asthma and their friends, led by a health care provider who can educate the group about    managing asthma in an outdoor environment.
  • Arrange school visits on or prior to World Asthma Day—educate children about asthma and offer on-the-spot peak flow meter    testing. These activities could be combined with plays, concerts, or poetry competitions highlighting the concept of asthma control.

Find more ideas here.

Tria Health and Asthma

Many patients decide to take medications in order to effectively manage their asthma. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you’re interested in exploring medication treatments for asthma, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/asthma
  2. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/asthma

Exercise Can Improve Your Chronic Condition Health

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While exercising can be beneficial for anyone, people with chronic conditions can significantly improve their health and manage their symptoms. If you’re concerned about how often you can exercise or which exercises are safe, talk to your doctor before starting your routine. Find out what you need to know about chronic conditions and exercise!

How Can Exercise Improve Your Symptoms?

There are four main types of exercise that can help you manage your symptoms and improve your health; Aerobic, High-intensity, Strength training and flexibility exercises (You can find descriptions of each, here). By practicing one or more of these exercise methods, you’ll be able to directly impact your chronic conditions symptoms.

For example1:

  • Heart disease. Regular exercise can help improve your heart health. Recent studies have shown that interval training is often tolerated well in people with heart disease, and it can produce significant benefits.
  • Diabetes. Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar level. Physical activity can also help you control your weight and boost your energy.
  • Asthma. Often, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
  • Back pain. Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.

Check with Your Doctor & Get Started Today!

Checking with your doctor before exercising is never a bad idea, depending on your condition(s) there could be some important precautions you need to take. They will also be able to provide recommendations with pain reduction and necessary dietary adjustments. If you feel nervous starting alone, you might want to consider a group exercise program. You might also find condition-specific programs at your local hospital or clinic.

Have any Questions?

Contact the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

Source:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise-and-chronic-disease/art-20046049