It can be difficult to discuss certain health problems via the phone or via video feed. Asthma can be different for each person and it isn’t easy to try and talk to someone over the phone when you’re experiencing asthma-related symptoms. With the challenges of COVID-19, we’re helping you achieve better results from the telehealth option for asthma.
We will look at ways to enhance your experience when it comes to telehealth services for asthma. Telehealth isn’t ideal for all people, in comparison to a regular appointment with a doctor. It is, however, much better than not visiting going to the doctor and letting your asthma get worse. Take action. Asthma prevention is never more vital. Studies show that nearly half of the asthma sufferers delay a visit to the doctor due to concerns related to COVID-19. All people is able to take action to control and avoid flare-ups.
How can ensure that we are getting the most value from our asthma-related telehealth appointments?
Advanced Telehealth Concerns
Telehealth is extremely beneficial as an addition to regular medical treatment. In remote Australia, the use of telehealth has been used to solve problems like accessibility and distance for years. In other countries, it is a new concept.
You may not appreciate the tangible and compassionate nature of human touch or disapprove of your doctor’s inability to listen to your ‘voice’. If you’re not sure what you should tell your doctor over the phone, tell them. Together, you’ll discover the most efficient ways to add the use of telehealth to the toolkit you use to manage your asthma.
You may not be aware of what you can expect from your first appointment with a telehealth provider. Most of the time the GP will make a call to confirm an appointment via your phone However, you are able to confirm the appointment through the office receptionist.
If you’re not a fan of telehealth be sure to explain your concerns to your physician. Inform them that you’d like to have more frequent examinations in person and that you’d like to be in control of your asthma prior to any symptoms beginning to flare up in the spring. Instead of delaying your appointment with your doctor due to COVID-19, it’s better to make use of telehealth in order to keep channels of communication clear and when you’re present in person, you’ll have an experience that is more pleasant.
This Spring: Prevention is the key to success
The spring season brings a myriad of new triggers, including pollen, hay fever, and asthma during thunderstorms. This year’s message is to ‘breathe your very best’. It is crucial to consider asthma prevention and how the telehealth program can be integrated into your asthma treatment plan overall.
If it is the time of year when your asthma tends to flare up it is now the perfect moment to schedule the Asthma Review with your doctor prior to the time when you experience a flare-up. Be sure that you’re in the know about your medications and that your medication is in good condition. Be aware that telehealth services are always accessible in case you require it.
We explore ways to get around many of the common obstacles to telehealth below, as well as the methods we can use to detect and prevent the spread of asthma in our homes this spring.
Speak To Your Doctor And The Team
The first step in making it easier to access health care via telehealth is to schedule our calls with your physician.
- Make sure you record any symptoms, like coughing or breathing problems, and share these symptoms with your doctor.
- Inform your doctor about how often you’ve required your relief medication, and if it’s giving you relief.
- Examine your temperature. Be aware of whether you are suffering from an illness or not can aid your doctor in triaging you the need to see them in person. They will determine whether it’s suitable for you to be examined by them.
The clinic you go to is likely to have COVID-19-related procedures in place. However, the procedures may vary based on the lockdown level in your region or the severity of your symptoms may be. Request the receptionist’s current policy regarding the current symptoms you are experiencing.
- A number of hospitals and medical clinics have introduced new procedures to aid patients with COVID-19-like symptoms access treatments in person. This includes places where it is possible to get your respiratory problems assessed, even if you’re already suffering from breathing difficulties or coughing.
- The receptionist can arrange the appointment through telehealth as a start. The doctor will then assess and decide if they’ll need to visit you in person, and then invite you to the appointment should they be able to do that.
- If your routine requires an unfavorable COVID-19 test prior to any scheduled appointments, be mindful of this. Be aware that if you experience symptoms resembling those of covid however mild or whether you believe they’re asthma-related, you should be tested immediately. So you can get the results you want and be able to visit the doctor in as short a time as you can.
- If they’re not able to see you, the receptionist for your doctor is likely to know other locations you could visit in your area if suffer from covid-like symptoms and require to see a doctor in person. Find out what they suggest to do.
Maintain the Asthma Diary
A diary for asthma lets you track your asthma-related symptoms. Each day, you record important asthma information. This includes any triggers for asthma you experience, the medications you take, as well as any asthma-related symptoms you may experience.
Notes can be taken in a variety of ways. Some people prefer using a notebook on paper but many now consider their smartphones the perfect device for recording their asthma. There are apps to help you manage your asthma – like Asthma Buddy or Kiss my asthma.
We created Kiss myAsthma in order to assist young people in managing their asthma. Kiss my asthma was co-created by researchers from The University of Sydney, the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, and The University of Melbourne. It helps you monitor the symptoms you experience, follow your plan of action and educate yourself about asthma.
Asthma diaries may also contain things such as asthma control scores and measurement of peak flow, and we have more information about these in the following article.