Asthma affects the airway and is usually caused by either inflammation or obstruction. Many patients are concerned about the effect of COVID-19 on asthma, which may further impact their breathing ability. One of the questions we’re often asked is, “How does my asthma affect being diagnosed with COVID-19?”
Willie Binion, PA-C in our Bonney Lake and 10th St Walk-in clinics, talks about steps people can take to stay safe in the video below.
Overall health is key to living with Asthma
It is important for people with asthma to stay healthy. That means eating right, getting regular exercise and strictly following the medication frequency and dosage prescribed by their provider.
It’s important to keep up with your medication regimen
Binion, PA-C, states that “strictly following the medication frequency and dosage prescribed” is very important for asthma patients. That often includes a steroid inhaler twice a day as well as a rescue inhaler for times when you experience increased shortness of breath, wheezing or tightness in your chest. Complying with your medication regimen and following up regularly with your provider is the best thing you can do prepare yourself in case you are impacted by coronavirus.
Regularly follow-up with your provider
Asthma is considered a chronic ailment, and the best way to ensure health is maintained and monitored is by having regular follow-ups with your provider. Don’t miss your annual check-ups with your primary care provider.
If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath and difficulty breathing/life threatening issues, please visit the nearest emergency room.
Practice safety measures and social distancing to avoid exposure to coronavirus
As our state continues to flatten the curve, as an asthma patient, it’s important to continue to practice social distancing, regularly wash your hands, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and wear a mask when going out for essentials. These safety measures will reduce potential exposure to the virus.
Watch Willie’s video here. For more information on breathing difficulties and COVID-19, check out ARNP Joslyn Tapec’s video on the differences between allergies, cold, flu and COVID-19.