The coronavirus continues to spread. What does this mean for people suffering from asthma?
There is a lot of uncertainty associated with the increasing spread of the coronavirus. For asthmatics, in particular, questions arise, such as: “Am I particularly at risk?” Or “Can I continue to use my asthma spray with a corona infection?”
“The basic risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is for asthmatics with well-adjusted therapy not significantly higher than for other people. “ The general practitioner Dr. Daniel Atkinson the health platform Treated.com clarifies what those affected should now know:
Can I continue to use asthma sprays with a coronavirus infection?
Dr. Atkinson: “Daily use of a long-term asthma spray, also known as a controller, can reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack triggered by a respiratory infection. With such an infection, general practitioners usually recommend using the controller more often, but such a change should be discussed with the doctor beforehand. ”
For safety, you should always have blue emergency asthma spray-on hand in case you start to wheeze, feel breathless or develop other asthma symptoms.
What is the best way to manage my asthma during COVID-19?
Dr. Atkinson: “An asthma plan can help you keep track of prescribed medications, better understand the symptoms and course of an asthma attack, and provide measures that can help with an attack. Such asthma action plans can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet. The plan should always be discussed with the doctor in charge. ”
My asthma is getting worse and I suspect that I am infected with the coronavirus. What should I do?
Dr. Atkinson: “Agree on none Appointment to your family doctor if your asthma has worsened and there is a suspicion of coronavirus infection. Call the instead Emergency medical services (EMS) under 911 on. Explain that you have asthma and coronavirus symptoms, how often you use your asthma spray, and that the spray is not working as expected.
Follow the instructions of the emergency medical service. If your symptoms suddenly become more severe and you are concerned that you have an asthma attack, call 800-232-4636 and explain that you are suspected of having a coronavirus infection and you have an asthma attack. ”
What can I do to reduce the risk of the flu or corona infection?
- wash hands regularly with soap
- Keep a minimum distance from other people
- Dispose of used tissues immediately
- avoid sharing towels, cups, and other household items with other people who have a cold or who have corona
- sleep well
- Reduce stress
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