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How to get a handle on your inhaler

You most likely heard about asthma before and probably even know someone who has it, if you aren’t already dealing with it yourself. Asthma is a disease that makes your airways red, swollen and inflamed. This causes your airways to become narrow, making it hard to breathe.

Asthma can become dangerous if it isn’t managed properly (after all, you have to breathe!). The good news is that it can be controlled. Here are some things you can do to help take care of your asthma:

  1. Learn exactly what your medications do. Some are to be taken every day to help control asthma while others are only used during a flare-up. Be sure you know the differences between each one.
  2. Take your controller medications every day. These medications help lessen the inflammation and prevent flare-ups. You should take them every single day, even if you feel okay.
  3. Take your rescue medications if you start having symptoms. These make it easier for your airways to open up so you can breathe better. Continue Reading »

How medical home helps manage chronic conditions

Having trouble keeping your chronic condition in check? Ask your RN specialist for help.

 

For many of us, living with a chronic condition such as asthma, depression, high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure is just a fact of life.  Some of these diseases have lots of symptoms, and with others, we are only aware of what our doctor is telling us.  Each of these conditions can be hard to live with, or feel overwhelming, but they all are conditions that can be controlled – when you have the right information.

It’s important to know that there is help and you can get better control.  An important person in your medical home health care team is your RN specialist. As an RN specialist, it’s my job to help you learn what you need to know in order to control your chronic condition.  I can help you live a better life. Continue Reading »

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