Asthma Proof Your Home: Identify the Hot Spots

Asthma Proof Your Home: Identify the Hot Spots

Asthma Proof Your Home: Identify the Hot Spots

If you have asthma, it’s important to asthma-proof your home. This means identifying and removing asthma triggers from your environment. Many people don’t know how to asthma-proof their homes, but it’s not difficult.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to identify asthma hotspots and create an asthma action plan for your home. We will also provide tips for asthma-proofing your home so you can live a healthier life!

How to Asthma Proof Your Home

Every home is different and therefore requires its own approach to asthma-proofing. However, there are some basic steps you can follow to get started.

1. Identify Asthma Hot Spots

The first step is to identify the hot spots in your home that need attention. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has a Healthier Home Checklist that can help you figure out where to start.

This checklist provides tips for each area of the home, such as the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. By going through each room and identifying any possible asthma triggers—such as dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, or pollen—you will be able to pinpoint the areas that need attention.

2. Clear Home of Dust and Dirt

Once you have identified the hot spots, the next step is to reduce the levels of dust and dirt in your home. This can be done by vacuuming carpets and upholstered furniture frequently (at least twice a week) with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.  You should also regularly mop floors, dust surfaces, and take rugs outside to be beaten.

3. Cover Mattresses and Pillows

Dust mites love mattresses and pillows, so it’s important to cover them with special covers that encase the mattress in an airtight layer of fabric. This will prevent dust mites from getting into the material, making your bed a much less hospitable environment for them.

4. Consider Air Purifiers

Air purifiers can help to reduce the levels of pollutants and dust in your home, helping to make it easier to breathe. Look for one with a HEPA filter that is designed specifically for asthma sufferers.

5. Keep Humidity Low

A humid home is a perfect breeding ground for mold and dust mites, so it’s important to keep the humidity levels in your home at a minimum. Invest in a dehumidifier if necessary and keep windows closed during humid weather.

You can also reduce the amount of humidity in your home by taking shorter showers and using exhaust fans when cooking.

6. Wash Bedding Weekly

Regularly washing bedding, such as sheets, pillowcases, and duvets can help to reduce dust mites from settling into your bedding. Opt for washable covers for mattresses and pillows, and wash them often. It’s also important to vacuum mattresses regularly to eliminate any dust mite debris that may have settled into the mattress.

7. Vacuum Regularly

On the topic of vacuuming, it’s important to vacuum regularly in order to reduce dust, pollen and other allergens from settling into your carpets and furniture. Look for a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to capture the smallest of particles.

8. Be Pest Aware

Keep an eye out for common pests such as cockroaches and rodents, which can both aggravate asthma symptoms. Use traps or sprays to keep these creatures away from your home. Make sure to clean any areas where they have been seen, such as under the sink or around food containers.

9. Test Your Home For Mold

Mold can be a serious asthma trigger, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of mold growth. You can do this by testing the air quality in your home with a specialized device. If you find any mold, have it professionally removed as soon as possible.

10. Restrict Smoking In Your Home

Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, or pipes can be a major asthma trigger. Make sure to restrict smoking in your home and create a smoke-free environment to minimize exposure and reduce the risk of an asthma attack.

More Tips for Asthma Proofing Your House

Following these steps will help you asthma proof your home and protect your loved ones from potential triggers. Taking these precautions can help create a safe and healthy living environment for everyone.

Additionally, make sure to inspect your house regularly and keep an eye out for any changes that may be setting off asthma triggers. Check the air filter in your HVAC system often and replace it if necessary. Keep an eye on any water damage or standing water that could lead to mold growth, and invest in a dehumidifier to help control humidity.

Finally, try to identify any possible hot spots in your home where asthma triggers may be hiding. For example, the kitchen is a common spot for dust and grease buildup, while allergens such as pet dander or pollen can accumulate in carpets and on furniture. Cleaning these areas regularly and investing in air purifiers or vacuums with a HEPA filter can help keep asthma triggers at bay.

Stay up to date with Asthmaniac Blog for more tips on asthma-proofing your home.

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Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

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Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac to Find Your Best Asthma Control

Asthmaniac.com is a fully digital asthma clinic designed to deliver physician consultation, disease assessment, patient education, medical refills, and follow-up care.  This is different than making an appointment in a traditional clinic for asthma care.  So, how does it work?

Navigate to the website

Asthmaniac.com is a website that contains the links and information you will need to manage your asthma.  Simply navigate to Asthmaniac.com in your browser.  Once you are on the webpage, there are several areas you will likely use frequently.

Book Now

Pressing this button takes you to the scheduling page where you can choose from two selections: Inhaler Refill or Asthma Consultation.

If you are an established patient and simply need a refill of your rescue or control inhaler, select Inhaler Refill.  You will be taken to the calendar where you select the day and time of your appointment and make payment.  A confirmation will arrive in your email inbox along with a link to measure and report your ACT score and Peak Expiratory Flow.

If you are a new patient (new to Asthmaniac.com), select Asthma Consultation.  You will be taken to the calendar where you will select the day and time of your appointment and make payment. A confirmation will arrive in your email inbox along with a link to a medical history form that collects information about your past problems with asthma and any other health disorders.

Menu Bar

The row is directly below that Asthmaniac Motto: “Your Asthma Control is Our Mission”. 

The Menu Bar contains links to the most important areas of Asthmaniac.com.

Home:  This selection takes you back to the home page from your current page.

Blog:  This section is loaded with patient education covering a wide and ever-expanding number of topics essential for obtaining and keeping control of your asthma.  A list of blog posts is stacked along with the right side of this page, along with live links to corresponding podcasts.  These podcasts are also available on major podcasting platforms making them easy to consume and share!

Your Online Asthma Doctor:  This section describes the very simple structure and focus of Asthmaniac.com.  The components Asthmaniac delivers to you are described in six blurbs with links to pages with more information about each.

About:  This section describes the concept of asthma primary care – the core medical solution to assisting you to keep your asthma controlled.

ACT:  This link takes you to the Asthma Control Test page where you will learn about this test, how it is used to assess your asthma control, and contains a link that walks you through the test, with Freddy’s help.  The Asthma Control Test (ACT) score is used at every appointment and between appointments to give you feedback on your disease status.

Social Media Links

Links to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram appear in the top tab.  You can jump to each of these social media sites by clicking the icon for each.

The twitter feed is loaded with the latest research articles about asthma.

Footer

At the bottom of each page, you will find links for:

The Asthmaniac phone number; and

The Asthmaniac email  link;

In addition, there are links for:

The Home page;

The “Your Online Asthma Doctor” page;

The “Established Patient Process” page which describes how established patients receive their interval care;

The “New Patient Process” page which describes how new patients receive their first medical session;

The “Blog” page, which is filled with patient education materials;

The “Privacy” page which describes the Asthmanic privacy policy;

The “ACT” page which jumps you to the Asthma Control Test page.

Asthmaniac is Online Asthma Care

Asthmaniac is designed to deliver everything you need to achieve your best asthma control and with it, the best lung function, greatest exercise capacity and more quality sleep.  Doctor consults, digital disease assessment, prescription refills, and patient education, right on your phone, puts you in the most powerful position to keep a lid on wheezing for Life!

Are you ready to take control of your asthma?  Book an appointment today!

#asthmacontrolnow
#telemedicineasthmacare
#backpocketasthmadoc
#asthmaactionplan
#asthmacontroltest
#asthmacontroller
#rescueinhaler
#asthmacovid19
#childrenandasthma
#eprescription
#easthma
#peakexpiratoryflow
#peakflowmeter
#asthmaniac

 

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Climate Change: How It Can Affect People with Allergies and Asthma

Climate Change: How It Can Affect People with Allergies and Asthma

Climate Change: How It Can Affect People with Allergies and Asthma

According to the World Health Organization, climate change is one of the biggest global health threats of this century. Many people don’t realize that climate change can also affect those with allergies and asthma. 

Rising temperatures, increased air pollution, and longer pollen seasons can all have an effect on the symptoms of people with allergies and asthma. 

In this article, we’ll explore climate change and asthma and how individuals can manage their asthma now and into the future.

What is Climate Change?

Climate change refers to any large shifts in temperatures and weather patterns over a long period of time. While some of these shifts are natural,  the main driver of climate change since the 1800s has been human activity. Burning fossil fuels (like coal, oil, and gas), manufacturing, and agriculture all produce heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide which trap heat in the atmosphere. 

How Does Climate Change Affect Asthma?

There are a few main ways that climate change affects asthma.

Air Quality

Because climate change can lead to longer pollen seasons and higher temperatures, this can be especially bad for people with asthma. As temperature rises, air pollution also increases, making it difficult for those with asthma to breathe. 

The climate change-induced increase in ground-level ozone has been shown to reduce lung capacity, increase asthma symptoms and worsen overall air quality. Ozone is a powerful lung irritant and can trigger asthma attacks.

Allergy Season

Warmer temperatures also make it easier for mold, dust mites, and other air pollutants to thrive, which can worsen asthma symptoms. Pollen counts tend to be higher for longer periods of time in regions with climate change. This means that people with asthma have a greater risk of being exposed to allergens and developing asthma attacks.

Similarly, extended or shortened seasons due to climate change can have an effect on asthma. For instance, climate change may cause warmer winters and earlier springs. This could lead to longer and more severe allergy seasons, triggering increased asthma symptoms due to higher levels of allergens in the air for a longer period of time. 

Natural Disasters

In addition, climate change has been linked to an increase in severe weather events such as hurricanes, floods and heat waves that can cause disruption for those with asthma. 

Climate change is also causing more frequent and intense droughts, which can lead to wildfires that create smoke-filled air that makes it difficult for those with asthma to breathe.  The combination of heat and air pollution can also worsen asthma symptoms. 

Climate Change and Asthma: How to Protect Yourself

Young kid in park holding asthma inhaler It is clear that climate change has a direct effect on asthma, exacerbating existing conditions and creating new health risks for those with the condition. Research on asthma and climate change has found that the best way to protect yourself is to reduce your exposure to climate-related triggers. 

Reducing exposure to air pollution and pollen can help lessen asthma symptoms. This includes staying indoors in air-conditioned environments during air quality alerts and high pollen days, changing the filter regularly if using an air conditioner, and washing exposed skin and clothes when returning from outdoors. 

Additionally, you can reduce mold exposure by avoiding damp indoor environments and thoroughly drying the area after a flood or leak.

Finally, it is important to stay informed on climate change and asthma-related research to ensure that you are taking all necessary steps to protect yourself. With climate change only projected to worsen, understanding the connection between climate change and asthma can help you reduce your asthma triggers and lessen the risk of exacerbations. 

Preparing for Allergy, Asthma, and Climate Change

As most asthmatics know, many things are outside of our control. While you may not be able to change climate conditions, you can still take steps to reduce your risk of asthma exacerbations due to climate-related factors. Here are some tips for how you can best prepare for climate change and allergies:

  1. Monitor pollen and other allergen levels in your local climate. Knowing the forecasted levels of allergens, such as mold, pollen, and dust mites, can help you plan ahead. This can be especially important if climate change is expected to bring more allergens into your area.
  2. Reduce your exposure to outdoor allergens by limiting outdoor activities during high-allergen days or times of day.
  3. Make sure you have a good air filtration system in your home to reduce allergens inside.
  4. Stay informed about climate change and air pollution trends, as they can have an impact on asthma-related symptoms.
  5. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about climate change and how it may affect your asthma or allergies. Optomizing your asthma control plan is an excellent way to manage your asthma in a changing climate.

Learn How Climate Change Can Effect You With Allergies and Asthma.

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

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Climate Change: How It Can Affect People with Allergies and Asthma

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How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

Asthma challenges for Patients

Asthma as a disease is not evenly spread across the U.S.

There are definitely hotspots as shown in this study:  https://www.aafa.org/asthma-capitals/

Geography doesn’t change the basic problem in the lungs.

How do we find out the biggest challenges in dealing with these lungs?

We need to talk to asthma sufferers.

This survey revealed some of the big problems asthma patients face:  https://www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/news-releases/asthma

Let’s dig in and see what they found.

The study was titled: 

NEW STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON THE CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS OF SEVERE ASTHMA MANAGEMENT

Surveys were administered to asthma sufferers and the results were summarized.

The paper reported that asthma sufferers:

  1. Struggle to understand how best to manage asthma on a day-to-day basis;
  2. Often have feelings that the public does not appreciate how seriously asthma impairs their health;
  3. Share concerns about medication safety, especially ICS; and,
  4. Have substantial emotional impacts of having severe asthma, especially anxiety and reluctance to hospitalization.

When I set out to improve asthma outcomes with Asthmaniac, I reflected on 31 years of medical practice when developing priorities for how to proceed. 

I appreciated for a long time that asthma is a complex chronic disease.  

In order for patients to succeed in controlling it, they require understanding and must act on that understanding in order to take action at the right time.  

I designed the blog on Asthmaniac to address these core topics, using text, podcasts and videos.  

I wondered when a group of asthma sufferers would be surveyed about the biggest issues they face, and this paper reports just such concerns.

For each topic area discovered in this study, I will discuss strategies Asthmaniac uses to address them.

  1. Day-to-day management of asthma.
  2. Public perceptions of asthma
  3. Concerns about medication, especially ICS safety
  4. Emotion impacts on social and health status.

Point 1.  

We have known for decades that patients need tremendous support in managing daily symptoms.  

Ambulatory expiratory flow (PEF) and symptoms surveys (ACT) are a few methods devised to put numeric tools in patients’ hands that reflect the biologic status of their airways.  

It is believed that such tools allow patients to take the correct action, earlier when acute bronchospasm starts. 

These tools require specific education and in most primary practices, time constraints get in the way of delivering that education as often and as personalized as needed.  

Asthmaniac solution: 

  1. Simplify Asthma Action Plan; 
  2. Make Action Plan readily accessible on the smartphone; 
  3. Enhance knowledge competence as described 

4.B.2 below (see Blog and Podcast directory; make directory visible on social media sites and on all pages of Asthmaniac.com).

Point 2

Public perceptions of asthma.  

The challenges of a pandemic complicate public messaging about any particular disease.  

There are no scientific studies showing us how public  under appreciation of asthma affects employment, social stigmatisation, school adherence, physical activity adherence.  

In absence of data, we leverage intuition and forge ahead.  

Asthmaniac solution: 

  1. Develop content for a page that can become indexed by internet search methods that underscores the impacts of asthma on patient life (see new page titled Social Impact of Asthma). 
  2. Address these perceptions with each patient to at least reinforce that these impacts are real, challenging, and generally under-appreciated (add this question to our pre-post patient insights survey).

Point 3

Medication safety.  

Patient concern about inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) seems to predominate.  

These concerns are not necessarily the same as those we physicians are thinking about.  

Nonetheless, ICS is essential in moderate and severe asthma control.  

To assure compliance with its use, we must address these concerns.  

Asthmaniac solution: 

  1. Talk about the role of steroids generally and ICS specifically in asthma; 
  2. Reinforce the goal of prescribing the lowest amount needed for each patient to avoid safety and side effect concerns; 
  3. Consider the use of new pharmacologic agents in severe patients (like in e-asthma) that will allow reduction in oral and inhaled steroid use.

Point 4.  

We know from large samples of patients with chronic disease that the presence of one disease is highly associated with a second one.  

Considering the anxiety asthma sufferers share about losing control of their asthma, it is not surprising that they would be at higher risk for other chronic diseases linked to anxiety.  

So, WE MUST GET THIS ANXIETY UNDER CONTROL.  

In absence of any controlled studies, I believe areas to attack in gaining control of asthma anxiety are:

  1. Controlling asthma:  Asthma attacks are very frightening.  Preventing them will go a long way in allowing patients to settle emotionally.
  2. Dramatically increased patient understanding of their disease and how to manage it daily will also be settling.  Knowledge deficits are specifically identified by patients as a major problem (see point 1).

Asthmaniac solution: 

  1. make sure patients can access (through affordable, phone based care) rescue inhalers, oral steroids, controller medication and trigger medication (the core functionality of Asthmaniac.com
  2. Continually improve knowledge competence for self-management through phone/computer based contemporary media that is easily and affordably consumed (podcasts, video-casts, and online webinars that are announced to patients with email and text notifications). 
  3. Assess anxiety in each patient and develop a personalised response plan for each patient.  This will have to be a new component in the pre-post patient insights survey.

I believe specifically and clearly addressing the concerns highlighted in the group of asthma sufferers surveyed in this study will lead to better outcomes for all asthma sufferers that can access the Asthmaniac.com method. 

Complete the subscription form on the right if you’d like to get an email when I post a new podcast and blog entry.

Remember our hashtag: #asthmacarenow!

And keep Breathing Easy!

#asthmacontrolnow
#telemedicineasthmacare
#backpocketasthmadoc
#asthmaactionplan
#asthmacontroltest
#asthmacontroller
#rescueinhaler
#asthmacovid19
#childrenandasthma
#eprescription
#easthma
#peakexpiratoryflow
#peakflowmeter
#asthmaniac

 

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Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

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Asthma challenges for Patients Asthma as a disease is not evenly spread across the U.S. There are definitely hotspots as shown in this study:  https://www.aafa.org/asthma-capitals/ Geography doesn’t change the basic problem in the lungs. How do we find out the biggest...

High-Deductible Health Plan?  Online Asthma Is Perfect!

High-Deductible Health Plan? Online Asthma Is Perfect!

High-Deductible Health Plan? Online Asthma Is Perfect!

High Deductible? Asthmaniac Is Best Value!

✓   You have a Health Insurance Policy

✘   But, it has a high deductible

????  Asthmaniac was made for you!

????  Affordable $50 doctor visits

✓   State-of-the-Art Asthma Care

✓   All online!

 

High-Deductible Health Insurance

The Accountable Care Act (Obamacare) created changes in the U.S health insurance market that allowed many more people to enroll in a health insurance plan.

The majority of these policies have a deductible that is large.

A deductible is the amount that you have to pay out-of-pocket before the policy kicks in.  This amount is usually many thousands of dollars!

This comes as a shock the first time you try to use your health insurance to pay for a doctor visit, a prescription, or worse, get admitted to the hospital where your bill quickly grows to tens of thousands of dollars. 

Ok, so like me, you have to pay out-of-pocket for the first several thousand dollars of medical services you need.

That means you will be shopping for the best value in medical products. 

Best value means: highest quality + lowest price.

In my three decades of practicing medicine, I’ve seen so many  patients with run-away, preventable disease whose illness got out of control because they did not got to a doctor earlier due to cost concerns.

That recurring theme motivated me to create a ‘clinic’ that IS affordable BUT delivers state-of-the-art medical care for you.

Asthmaniac is that clinic, specially focused on delivering the medical stuff asthma sufferers need.

 Stuff like:

  • prescribed inhaler refills and controller medicines;
  • a personalised action plan to guide them in responding to the symptoms;
  • an affordable online/on-phone doctor to coach them to greater health; and
  • a convenient, organised, accessible place to learn more about asthma.

I deliver this package through Asthmaniac which you can access on your smartphone, tablet or home computer.  

I price doctor visits at $50. 

If you have  well controlled asthma, you need 4 doctors visits a year to make sure that you have all of your needed medicines prescribed, that your asthma hasn’t changed into a more severe type, and to make sure you know how to respond if your breathing gets worse.

So fifty dollars per visit, thats..

$200 per year.

A doctor in your back pocket, coaching you to greater confidence and less anxiety about your asthma.

And if you have an HSA (Health Savings Account) with your high-deductible plan and need a receipt to reimburse yourself for your out-of-pocket Asthmaniac appointments –

I will make sure you have it!

That’s Asthmaniac!

 

Let’s get started!

Complete the subscription form on the right if you’d like to get an email when I post a new podcast and blog entry.

Remember our hashtag: #asthmacarenow!

And keep Breathing Easy!

#asthmacontrolnow
#telemedicineasthmacare
#backpocketasthmadoc
#asthmaactionplan
#asthmacontroltest
#asthmacontroller
#rescueinhaler
#asthmacovid19
#childrenandasthma
#eprescription
#easthma
#peakexpiratoryflow
#peakflowmeter
#asthmaniac

 

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

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No Insurance? Asthmaniac Will Help You!

No Insurance? Asthmaniac Will Help You!

No Insurance? Asthmaniac Will Help You!

No Insurance is Not a Problem at Asthmaniac!

Active asthma

???? Asthmaniac was made for you!

???? Affordable $50 doctor visits

State-of-the-Art Asthma Care

???? All online!

 

No Insurance = No Problem

I mean it!

I don’t care  that you don’t have insurance.  

I designed Asthmaniac to deliver asthma care to asthma sufferers that:

.. don’t have insurance

.. don’t have a doctor

.. have too much anxiety because this.

 I will be your asthma doctor.

I charge an affordable, fair price for:

.. having your doctor on your smartphone

.. making sure you have rescue inhalers

.. making sure you have state-of-the-art medicine for asthma control

.. making sure you KNOW how to manage your asthma day-to-day

.. making sure you have access to the latest medicine for asthma

.. making sure you have the best tools for self-management

I price doctor visits at $50.  If you have  well controlled asthma, you need 4 doctors visits a year to make sure that you have all of your needed medicines prescribed, that your asthma hasn’t changed into a more severe type, and to make sure you know how to respond if your breathing gets worse.

Fifty dollars per visit.

$200 per year.

A doctor in you back pocket coaching you to greater confidence and less anxiety about your asthma.

Uninsured Asthma Care.

A core feature of Asthmaniac!

Complete the subscription form on the right if you’d like to get an email when I post a new podcast and blog entry.

Remember our hashtag: asthmacarenow! And keep Breathing Easy!

#asthmacontrolnow
#telemedicineasthmacare
#backpocketasthmadoc
#asthmaactionplan
#asthmacontroltest
#asthmacontroller
#rescueinhaler
#asthmacovid19
#childrenandasthma
#eprescription
#easthma
#peakexpiratoryflow
#peakflowmeter
#asthmaniac

 

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

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How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

Asthma challenges for Patients Asthma as a disease is not evenly spread across the U.S. There are definitely hotspots as shown in this study:  https://www.aafa.org/asthma-capitals/ Geography doesn’t change the basic problem in the lungs. How do we find out the biggest...

Is Your Asthma e-Asthma? New Medicine!

Is Your Asthma e-Asthma? New Medicine!

Is Your Asthma e-Asthma? New Medicine!

* e-Asthma is category of severe asthma

* Patients with e-Asthma have difficulty getting asthma control with usual treatment

* e-Asthma responds well to a new type of injected medicine

* In such patients, this new medicine can decrease their asthma attacks and allow them to use less oral steroid.

     e-Asthma is a type of severe asthma that responds well to a new kind of control medicine that you inject under skin, usually monthly.

     Severe Asthma means:

  1. You’ve been on a high dose of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and a long-acting bronchodilator or theophylline for in the past year; and/or
  2. You’ve been treated with steroids (like Prednisone) by mouth for more than half of the past year.

Wondering what “high dose” ICS means?

 

Definition of high dose*
ICS Age 6 – 12 years Age > 12 yrs
Beclomethasone (Qvar) ≥ 320 mcg/day ≥ 1000 mcg/day
Budesonide (Pulmicort) ≥ 800 mcg/day ≥ 1600 mcg/day
Ciclesonide (Alvesco) ≥ 160 mcg/day ≥ 320 mcg/day
Fluticasone (Flovent) ≥ 500 mcg/day ≥ 1000 mcg/day
Mometasone (Asmanex)  ≥ 500 mcg/day ≥ 800 mcg/day
*European Respiratory Society: Eur Respir J Feb 2014 43:343-373

This new type of injectable asthma medicine has been shown to dramatically:

1. Reduce the number of asthma attacks you will have

2. Reduce how much oral steroid (like Prednisone) and ICS you need to stay controlled.

How do we know if your asthma is the type that will respond to this medicine?  You would be likely to get a good response to this new medicine if:

  1. Your eosinophils are elevated in your bloodstream, and
  2. Your allergy testing shows that you are triggered by seasonal allergens.

So, let’s review:

If 

You have been on high dose ICS (see above) or oral steroid for more than half of the year,

AND

You have skin allergy tests that show a problem

THEN

I would recommend having your blood drawn to measure your eosinophil count.

If your eosinophil count is elevated (35-700 IU/mL), you would be a good candidate to try this new type of medicine.

What medications would be considered?

Here is a list of subcutaneous medications that can be ordered for e-Asthma:

 

Omallzumab (Xolair) injected every 2 or 4 weeks depending on your eosinophil count and age

Dupilumab (Dupixent) injected every 2 weeks

Mepolizumab (Nucala) injected every 4 weeks

Benralizumab (Fasenra) injected every 4 weeks for 3 doses, then every 8 weeks.

Tezepelumab (Tezspire) injected every 4 weeks.  This medicine does not require any history of elevated eosinophils or prior testing for allergic asthma.

These medications are quite new and it will take some time for general practitioners to become educated about prescribing them.

But, they are available RIGHT NOW and if you are suffering from severe asthma, they could be a really good solution for getting your severe asthma under control.

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Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac to Find Your Best Asthma Control Asthmaniac.com is a fully digital asthma clinic designed to deliver physician consultation, disease assessment, patient education, medical refills, and follow-up care.  This is different than making an...

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

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High-Deductible Health Plan?  Online Asthma Is Perfect!

Asthma Follow Up Care: Why You Need It!

Asthma Follow Up Care: Why You Need It!

* Follow-up Care is Essential to good asthma control.

* Follow-up allows determination of asthma severity.

* Other disorders that affect your breathing are detected early.

* Rescue medication refills are provided

* Your Asthma Action Plan is updated.

Having your asthma diagnosed is the first step to getting control.

But after treatments are prescribed, follow-up becomes the key to avoiding asthma attacks and minimizing your asthma symptoms

Follow-up is so important because asthma is not a disease that is ‘cured’ in the usual sense.

Instead, our goal is to manage it.

Control it.

So that you can be active.

So you can sleep well.

So you don’t have to make emergency room visits “routine”.

So, you don’t have to experience life-threatening asthma attacks!

Managing asthma means regular, repeated Dr. visits.

We know from research studies that the best interval for these reassessments is about every 3 months.

At these appointments: We work on a number of points.

.. First, I evaluate your asthma severity to see if it has changed.,

.. We discuss your response to your asthma treatment plan and consider revising it if needed.

.. We discuss new information relative to your asthma, such as new medications that may be helpful for controlling your symptoms.

.. If needed, I order changes in the strength or frequency of your controller or trigger medications.

.. When we have your new plan finalized, I transmit your medication refills  to the pharmacy of your choice, electronically.

.. Then, we review your Asthma Action Plan and I

Send to your phone!

Before we sign-off, I schedule your next appointment, 3 months away.

In this way, Asthmaniac helps you stay on top of your asthma.

Asthmaniac gives you the tools to keep your asthma in control

and for you to become the

 expert of your asthma!

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Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac to Find Your Best Asthma Control Asthmaniac.com is a fully digital asthma clinic designed to deliver physician consultation, disease assessment, patient education, medical refills, and follow-up care.  This is different than making an...

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

Asthma challenges for Patients Asthma as a disease is not evenly spread across the U.S. There are definitely hotspots as shown in this study:  https://www.aafa.org/asthma-capitals/ Geography doesn’t change the basic problem in the lungs. How do we find out the biggest...

NEVER run Out of Asthma Inhaler Medicine!

NEVER run Out of Asthma Inhaler Medicine!

NEVER run Out of Asthma Inhaler Medicine!

* Finding your inhaler empty when the tightness starts IS NOT A GOOD FEELING!

..You need your rescue inhaler

..When you need it!

..Without it, it is probably a trip to the ER and

..a few days of having messed up breathing.

* Asthmaniac offers $50 doctor visits for inhaler refills and

*sends all orders for prescription medication to the pharmacy of your choice.

 

Asthma is one disease that cannot be controlled without medication.

When your wheezing kicks in, you need a rescue inhaler NOW!

And to keep your wheezing suppressed, you need a controller medication.

Since these medications are so important to keeping you breathing well, I have designed a online ‘clinic’ that makes it possible for you to never run out!

Running out is usually from:

… The discouraging cost of the medicine

…  The discouraging inconvenience of finding a doctor appointment to get the medicine ordered

… The discouraging cost of the doctor appointment.

Well, I have good news!

  1. Albuterol (your usual rescue inhaler) is now generic, and priced as low as $20/inhaler in some pharmacies!
  2. You have already ‘found’ the doctor that will take care of you (that’s me!).
  3. You can ‘see’ me online (on your phone) to get your refill ordered for $50! 

I send your prescriptions electronically to your preferred pharmacy.

That doesn’t matter where you are or where I am.

All electronic.

No paper prescription to lose,

Even better: now that Amazon is in the pharmacy game, there’s a pretty good chance you can get more affordable inhalers delivered right to your door!

Ok, to be sure, getting your asthma under control is not ONLY about getting your inhalers.

But making sure you have your rescue medicine is my First priority.

Affordable

Convenient

Inhaler Refills.

A CORE philosophy of Asthmaniac!

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Remember our hashtag: asthmacarenow! And keep Breathing Easy!

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#telemedicineasthmacare
#backpocketasthmadoc
#asthmaactionplan
#asthmacontroltest
#asthmacontroller
#rescueinhaler
#asthmacovid19
#childrenandasthma
#eprescription
#easthma
#peakexpiratoryflow
#peakflowmeter
#asthmaniac

 

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac to Find Your Best Asthma Control Asthmaniac.com is a fully digital asthma clinic designed to deliver physician consultation, disease assessment, patient education, medical refills, and follow-up care.  This is different than making an...

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

Asthma challenges for Patients Asthma as a disease is not evenly spread across the U.S. There are definitely hotspots as shown in this study:  https://www.aafa.org/asthma-capitals/ Geography doesn’t change the basic problem in the lungs. How do we find out the biggest...

Asthmaniac Uses ePrescriptions for Your Medicine!

Asthmaniac Uses ePrescriptions for Your Medicine!

Asthmaniac Uses ePrescriptions for Your Medicine!

* Electronic prescriptions mean:

..More accuracy in the order, 

..More convenience for you,

..No paper to lose, and

..It’s FAST!

* Asthmaniac sends all orders for prescription medication to the pharmacy of your choice.

 

Asthma is one disease that cannot be controlled without medication.

When your wheezing kicks in, you need a rescue inhaler NOW!

And to keep your wheezing suppressed, you need a controller medication.

Most asthma patients are sensitive to environment allergens like pollen, dust and smoke.  For them, a trigger control medication protects their airways from ever getting started with narrowing, swelling, and the breathing struggle that follows.

Since these medications are so important to keeping your breathing well, I have designed a clinic that makes prescribing them more efficient.

I send your prescriptions electronically to your preferred pharmacy.

No paper prescription to lose,

And since I send the prescription as part of our scheduled appointments, you can go to the pharmacy with a single goal: pick up your prescribed medication!

Even better: now that Amazon is in the pharmacy game, there’s a pretty good chance you can get more affordable inhalers delivered right to your door!

Asthmaniac is designed to minimize your contact with sick people and make more time for LIFE!

Electronic prescriptions: another key convenience of Asthmaniac!

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#asthmacontrolnow
#telemedicineasthmacare
#backpocketasthmadoc
#asthmaactionplan
#asthmacontroltest
#asthmacontroller
#rescueinhaler
#asthmacovid19
#childrenandasthma
#eprescription
#easthma
#peakexpiratoryflow
#peakflowmeter
#asthmaniac

 

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac.com!

Navigating Asthmaniac to Find Your Best Asthma Control Asthmaniac.com is a fully digital asthma clinic designed to deliver physician consultation, disease assessment, patient education, medical refills, and follow-up care.  This is different than making an...

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

How Can Asthmaniac Address Your Asthma Concerns?

Asthma challenges for Patients Asthma as a disease is not evenly spread across the U.S. There are definitely hotspots as shown in this study:  https://www.aafa.org/asthma-capitals/ Geography doesn’t change the basic problem in the lungs. How do we find out the biggest...