How to Manage Nasal Polyps

How to Manage Nasal Polyps

How to Manage Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps can be irritating and painful – but what are they and how can you treat them? Here’s a look at what causes polyps in the nasal passages and how you can manage the symptoms in the long term. 

What Are Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are painless, small growths which develop along the nasal passages and sinuses. They typically appear inside both nasal passages – lumps or cysts confined to one side could be caused by other issues which require medical investigation. 

What Causes Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps have many causes, but they’re often caused by irritation, swelling, and inflammation in the sinus cavities. Risk factors for developing nasal polyps include:

  • chronic allergies and asthma
  • chronic rhinosinusitis
  • cystic fibrosis

Many times, though, it’s unclear what causes nasal polyps to develop.

What Are the Symptoms of Nasal Polyps?

The symptoms depend on how many polyps you have and how large they are, but here are the most common signs to look out for.

  • Chronic stuffy nose
  • Facial pain over your sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Postnasal drip
  • Pressure in your nose or sinuses 
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste
  • Runny nose
  • Snoring

If you have asthma, you may notice more frequent asthma attacks if you also have nasal polyps. 

It can be hard to tell whether you just have a cold, nasal polyps, or chronic sinusitis. If your congested breathing symptoms last more than 10 days, a doctor visit is in order! Call your doctor right away if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Double vision
  • High fever
  • Increasingly painful headaches
  • Severe swelling around your face or eyes 

Do Nasal Polyps Always Cause Symptoms?

No. Small polyps – and even some larger growths – won’t cause symptoms if they’re not blocking the nasal cavity. Treatment may not be required if your polyps aren’t noticeable. 

Who Gets Nasal Polyps?

Anyone can get them. However, they are more commonly found in adults. They’re very unusual in children under the age of ten. 

If you have nasal or respiratory inflammation – such as inflammation caused by asthma – you may be more prone to developing them.

Are There Treatments Available?

Treatment is normally aimed at reducing nasal inflammation which can help to shrink the growths. Treatment options include nasal steroids, oral steroids, and sinus surgery to remove the polyps in some cases.  

Do Nasal Polyps Always Require Surgery?

Not always. Surgery is typically only recommended if more conservative treatments – such as nasal sprays – don’t work or if polyps seriously affect your quality of life.

How Can I Properly Manage Nasal Polyps?


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Although it’s impossible to prevent these polyps, there are steps you can take to manage your symptoms and improve how you feel. 

  • Use nasal rinses: Nasal irrigation using a sterile wash or salt solution can remove irritants from your nasal passages, which could make you feel more comfortable.
  • Control your asthma: Effective asthma management is crucial if you have nasal polyps. Contact Asthmaniac for help controlling your asthma which will in turn reduce inflammation in your airways.  
  • Use a humidifier: Humidifiers can moisten the air around your home, which might improve your symptoms by making it easier for mucus to leave your sinuses.
  • Wash your hands regularly: Virus infections that attach the upper airways can irritate your nasal passages. Although you can’t avoid these pathogens completely, regular hand washing – and avoiding touching your face – can reduce your risk of infection.

Over-the-counter medications, like nasal sprays and anti-allergy medication, may also help you manage your symptoms. 

Symptom management can sometimes depend on the underlying cause of your polyps. Book a consultation with us if you have asthma and you’re concerned that it’s not under effective control.   

Who Can Help With Management of Nasal Polyps?

Getting a doctor visit should be your first step if you’re trying to control nasal polyps.

If you have asthma and suffer from nasal polyps, Asthmaniac can help. As your online asthma doctor, we’re committed to helping you manage your condition so you feel in control of your breathing. Whether you need an appointment quickly or a prescription for new asthma medication, Asthmaniac is here for you. 

Call today or book online to schedule a consultation! 

Do Nasal Polyps Cause Complications?

If the polyps block your air flow, they can make it harder for you to breathe comfortably. You may develop more frequent asthma attacks, and the chronic inflammation can make you more susceptible to sinus infections.  

Careful nasal polyps management can reduce the risk of complications, but there’s always the chance that polyps will worsen or come back after treatment.  

Do you need more help with your symptoms? Learn how to manage nasal polyps.

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6 Signs Your Asthma Is Getting Worse

6 Signs Your Asthma Is Getting Worse

6 Signs Your Asthma Is Getting Worse

If you have asthma, you are familar with coughing and wheezing. And if you have severe asthma, you may experience breathing difficulties more often than sufferers with a milder condition. 

You have learned that your body will give you signs if your asthma isn’t properly managed – and if your condition is getting worse. Here’s a look at why asthma symptoms can get worse and how you can bring your asthma under control again.   

Does Asthma Get Worse?

It’s not uncommon for asthma to get worse at times. This may be during an isolated incident, such as an asthma attack, or it might last for a longer period.

When asthma gets worse, you might experience a sudden onset of more severe symptoms. Or your symptoms may worsen over a longer period of time – such as a few weeks or even months. 

If there’s a gradual onset of worsening symptoms, the changes can be so subtle that they’re hard to notice at first. However, it’s crucial that you know how to detect when your asthma is flaring up so you can take decisive action. 

Why Has My Asthma Suddenly Got Worse?

Things that make your asthma worse are known as “asthma triggers”. When you know your asthma triggers, it’s easier to work with your doctor to find ways to bring quick relief. 

Here are the most common reasons why people with asthma experience flare-ups.

  • Allergens: If you’re sensitive to tobacco fumes, dust mites, pollen, or other allergens, exposure to these allergens can cause asthma attacks.
  • Respiratory infections: When you’re recovering from a cold or flu, your airways are more irritated than usual, which may worsen your asthma.
  • Exercise: Increasing your activity levels too quickly might trigger an asthma attack.
  • Medication: Some pain medications might cause an asthma flare-up.

Other asthma triggers include mold, stress, damp, and even changes in weather conditions.

Person in white top holding a blue inhaler with a hand over their chest

At Asthmaniac, we can devise a treatment plan to help you bring your condition back under control. If you recognize any of these symptoms of asthma getting worse, book a consultation with us now. 

1. Shortness of Breath 

Shortness of breath is a clear sign that your asthma isn’t under control. This is especially true if you notice breathing problems at rest or during activities which are normally manageable for you. 

Any shortness of breath should be discussed with us urgently.

2. Using Your Inhaler More Than Usual

Are you using your regular inhaler (or quick relief inhaler) more than normal? This is a sign that your controller medication isn’t working for you as well as it should be. 

And even if you’re not using your inhaler more than usual, but it’s not as effective at relieving your symptoms, your asthma severity has changed. 

3. Activity Limitations

Every asthma sufferer has different limitations. Strenuous exercise to one person could be easily manageable by another. It’s important you know what’s manageable for you so you can sense if a change in your asthma is interfering with your normal daily activities.

For example, if you can normally carry groceries but you can’t manage the trip without breathlessness, your asthma may be getting worse. Or if you can’t walk or climb stairs as usual, then this is a warning sign to pay attention to.

If your asthma gets in the way of your normal daily activities, then your condition is not under control. 

4. Nighttime Wheezing and Coughing

Do you wake up during the night due to wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath? If so, then your asthma could be acting up. 

To be clear, it’s not uncommon to occasionally wake up feeling a little out of breath or wheezy. But it shouldn’t happen often. If you’re reaching for a quick relief inhaler during the night once or twice a week, you need your asthma medication reviewed. 

5. Reduced Peak Flow Readings

Your “peak flow” shows how well your lungs are functioning. Your asthma may be getting worse if:

  • Your peak flow measurements are significantly lower than usual.
  • There are noticeable variations in readings from day to day.

Any change in peak flow readings should be discussed with a clinician. 

6. Chest Tightness

Chest tightness is hard to describe because it feels different for everyone. However, when your chest is “tight”, you might feel like you can’t breathe in or breathe out fully. You may feel like there’s a band across your chest, and it could even be painful to breathe. 

If you have chest tightness, especially at rest, your asthma medication may need to be reviewed. 

What to Do If Your Asthma Is Acting Up

Is your asthma getting worse? You don’t need to put up with it. 

At Asthmaniac, we want to give you back confidence in your breathing. We want to bring your asthma back under control so you can enjoy life without stressing over your condition. We can evaluate your asthma medicine, identify your common triggers, and work out an action plan to get you feeling and BREATHING better. 

It all starts with a telemedicine consultation. Contact us to learn how Asthmaniac can help!

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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!

Got asthma?

⇨ No Insurance?

Asthmaniac was made for you!

Affordable doctor visits!

State-of-the-Art Asthma Care.

 All online!


No Insurance = No Problem

Asthmaniac was designed 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

If you have  well controlled asthma, you need four 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.

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

Uninsured Asthma Care.

A core feature of Asthmaniac!

Remember our hashtag: #asthmacarenow And keep Breathing Easy!



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Can Asthma Be Cured Permanently?

Can Asthma Be Cured Permanently?

Can Asthma Be Cured Permanently?

Asthma affects nearly 25 million Americans. It’s one of our most common health conditions and it can be very difficult to live with. But is there such a thing as an asthma cure? Below, we consider the different treatments for asthma and how sufferers might prevent asthma attacks.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term lung condition. It causes the airways to narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe.

There are various types of asthma, such as exercise-induced asthma and allergic asthma. Some individuals have more severe forms of the disease than others. And in some cases, asthma may be life-threatening or severely impact your quality of life.

Asthma Symptoms

Asthma symptoms vary. The most common symptoms include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

More severe symptoms include blue-tinged lips and nails, nighttime breathlessness, and chest pain. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, get an exam quickly.

Asthma Causes

There are multiple causes of asthma. Common asthma causes or “triggers” include:

  • Air pollution: Tobacco smoke and air pollution can trigger asthma.
  • Damp: Mold and damp conditions can irritate the lungs and cause asthma symptoms.
  • Exercise: Some sufferers develop symptoms after intense – or mild – exercise.
  • Occupational exposure: Asthma may be triggered by exposure to chemicals at work.
  • Pets: Allergies to pet hair (such as dog or cat hair) can cause asthma symptoms.
  • Viruses: Seasonal respiratory viruses, like flu, can trigger asthma flares.

But can asthma be cured permanently? Let’s take a look.

Is Asthma Curable?

The short answer? Unfortunately, no.

Asthma is incurable, meaning it’s a lifelong condition. It’s not all bad news, though. Most people with asthma can successfully control their symptoms and live a full life. Let’s consider how you can manage your asthma and avoid attacks.

How to Manage Your Asthma

Asthma management involves:

  • Identifying asthma triggers
  • Monitoring your symptoms
  • Taking asthma medication
  • Reviewing your medication regularly

Here are a number of strategies you can use to manage your asthma more effectively. For a personalized plan, make an appointment with Asthmaniac, your online asthma doctor, today!

Young woman sitting on sofa with hand on neck chest tightness due to asthma symptoms

Asthma Action Plan

The cornerstone of asthma management is the “asthma action plan”.

Your action plan describes in writing what medicines you take and what to do if you’re experiencing a flare up of asthma symptoms. It helps you identify if symptoms are getting worse and when you should seek medical help.

Not only does a plan help you manage your asthma, but it makes it easier for others to support you. For example, you can give your child’s school a copy of their plan. This way, teachers know how to respond to a breathing problem and who to contact in an emergency.


Inhalers are the most common asthma medicine. They can prevent asthma symptoms or relieve them when they do occur.

  • Asthma patients often have preventative inhalers. These inhalers are used to stop symptoms from occurring.
  • Most asthma patients will also have a quick-acting or “rescue” inhaler. You take this during an attack.

It’s important that you’re taking the right inhalers, at the right dose, to manage your asthma.


There is a variety of medications available to control asthma, including anti-inflammatory medicines, biologic injections, or steroids in tablet form.


Exercising within safe limits improves your fitness level. Increased fitness means there’s less stress on your heart and lungs. Some patients, especially those with exercise-induced asthma, can benefit from graded exercise rather than avoiding it altogether.

It’s important you don’t overdo exercise or training. Consult Asthmaniac before embarking on a new, intense exercise plan  with asthma.

Lifestyle Changes

Making some general lifestyle changes might help reduce asthma symptoms. For example, you might:

  • Avoid damp or moldy places
  • Change your exercise routine
  • Limit exposure to busy crowds during flu season
  • Quit smoking

Asthma Triggers

Avoiding triggers can really help. If you have specific triggers – such as dust mites – then limiting your exposure should be part of your plan. Many patients can avoid, or at least reduce asthma symptoms by simply avoiding triggers.

Natural Remedies

Some patients find natural remedies helpful. Examples of natural remedies include:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Herbal supplements
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness

Anxiety and stress can worsen asthma symptoms because they increase your heart rate. Reducing stress and anxiety can help you manage asthma.

Take Control of Your Asthma

While there’s no cure for asthma, it can be managed. What you need, though, is the right asthma medicines and an effective action plan.

That’s where the Athmaniac, your online asthma doctor can help. Whether you need an asthma review or a prescription, we’re here for you. Schedule a consultation today and take control of your asthma!

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Phone Doctor Visits: They Work For Asthma Control!

Phone Doctor Visits: They Work For Asthma Control!

Phone Doctor Visits: They Work For Asthma Control!

*  Quality Asthma care depends on self-management by you – the patient.

*  A large part of my role as your physician is teaching you these self-management skills.

*  The techniques you will use to assess your breathing are:

*  The Asthma Control Test – to track your symptoms.

*  Your Peak Expiratory Flow – to track your lung function.

*  We will “meet” regularly to discuss your self-assessments by phone rather than in-person.

*  These phone visits and your frequent use of the Asthmaniac website are designed to keep your asthma controlled.

*  Phone consults helps you avoid illness exposure and is more conveient than driving to sit in a waiting room!


Asthmaniac is based on the National standards for asthma care.

Those standards tell doctors to teach their patients how to assess their everyday symptoms and lung capacity.

Years of research has led to the creation of a solid symptom assessment tool (Asthma Control Test or ACT).   This is a survey that you can complete yourself and then report to me.

Research has also shown that lung performance, or how well you are able to breath out (Peak Expiratory Flow or PEF), can be measured using a simple, pocket-sized flow meter.

In my Asthmaniac clinic, I will ask you to use a simple flowmeter to record your number several times each week.

I will teach you how to use this number in conjunction with your Action Plan to best manage your symptoms.

I use ACT scores in planning updates to your medications, dosages, and your Action Plan.

The great thing about having these two proven methods of assessing your asthma is that we can conduct our entire asthma appointment on the phone!


On the phone!

That means you can get your Asthmaniac appointment on a lunch break, walking down the street, or wherever you are.

One place you won’t be is sitting?

A doctor office waiting room – waiting to catch a virus!

Phone appointments: a key convenience of Asthmaniac!

Grab an appointment and we can get your asthma care optomized!


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How to Create an Asthma Action Plan for School Students

How to Create an Asthma Action Plan for School Students

How to Create an Asthma Action Plan for School Students

Asthma is a chronic – and sometimes debilitating – condition. It’s also very common, affecting nearly 1 in 13 Americans. People with asthma need to know how to manage their condition effectively. But how do you do this?

In most cases, this means having what’s known as an “asthma action plan”. Here’s how action plans work and what to include in your child’s plan.

What Is an Asthma Action Plan?

Think of an asthma action plan as a personal worksheet. It sets out, in writing, the steps to take to control your – or your child’s – asthma. You can share the worksheet with any adults in your child’s life. This way, they’ll know what to do if your child has an attack.

At Asthmaniac, we create a plan for you.  Having this plan will help you feel in control of your child’s health and makes living with asthma a little easier.

What’s Included in a Simple Asthma Action Plan?

A Asthma Action Plan includes the following:

  • Emergency contact information
  • Asthma medication
  • “Red flags” for worsening asthma
  • What to do if asthma is getting worse

Following an asthma action plan can help to prevent asthma attacks or mitigate how serious they get.

Who Needs an Asthma Action Plan?

The simple answer is everyone with asthma. There’s no asthma sufferer who won’t benefit from a clear plan to help manage their condition.

Asthma plans are especially important for more severe forms of asthma. They’re also very useful for children who might not recognize when their symptoms are getting worse. Adults, looking at the plan, can spot the signs and act quickly.

What is Included in Asthma Action Plans for Schools

An Asthma Action Plan contains the following information.

General Information

Let’s start with the basics. Every action plan should contain:

  • Child’s name
  • Primary doctor and contact details
  • Emergency contact name and contact information

You might also include details of the local hospital.

Personal Asthma Zones

Asthma “zones” are essentially a scale to help you measure day-to-day fluctuations in asthma control. Usually, we have three zones – green, yellow, and red.

  • Green: Child feels good. Asthma symptoms are under control. Medication is working. This is the zone we want your child to be in every day.
  • Yellow: The child is experiencing asthma symptoms. This could mean they’ve been exposed to a trigger or have a virus. Or, their medicine isn’t working so well anymore.
  • Red: At this point, the medicine isn’t working anymore. Asthma symptoms won’t resolve and the child feels worse.  Asthma attacks that put you or your child in the this need Emergency Room attention.

Every child’s zones are personal to them. However, signs which could indicate sliding into the “yellow” zone are:

  • Struggling with normal daily activities
  • Waking up at night feeling breathless
  • Peak flow readings are dropping
  • Some cough, chest tightness, or wheezing

Young boy with asthma at school using peak flow device to measure asthma for action plan control

Children entering the “red” zone may have symptoms such as:

  • Increased breathlessness
  • Can’t speak due to breathing difficulties
  • Peak flow readings are continuing to go down
  • Can’t do normal activities or any exercise

Asthmaniac, your Online Asthma Doctor, can create an action plan that works for your child.

Asthma Triggers

Asthma triggers are anything which sets off your child’s condition or makes it worse. Common triggers include mold, exercise, viruses, or allergens.

Listing asthma triggers in the Asthma Action Plan can help teachers and school staff predict when a child’s asthma might worsen. This alerts them to when a child may need closer monitoring.

Asthma Medication

Each plan includes the medicines a child takes in their “green” and “yellow” zones. The dosage and how often/when they should take the medicine in included.

Typically, a plan will include directions for any quick relief medicine for when your child slips into the “red” zone.

How to Handle Asthma Emergencies

Thankfully, asthma mortality rates are declining in the US. One reason for this could be knowing how to act quickly and avoid asthma attacks becoming emergencies. If a child enters the “red zone”, schools should take the following action:

  • Administer any emergency medicine
  • Call 911
  • Contact the emergency contact (usually a parent)

Get a Simple Asthma Action Plan for School Students

A simple asthma action plan can help you and your child feel more in control of their asthma. But it can also save their life. Do you need help managing your child’s asthma at school? Asthmaniac can help.

As the Online Asthma Doctor, we can help with everything from reviewing medicine to writing an action plan. Contact Asthmaniac to take back control of your child’s asthma today.

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