Asthma Management Made Easier by a New Smartphone App

Fagjun | Published 2017-04-13 10:02

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit have developed an app that can make asthma management easier.

There is no cure for asthma. Maybe there will be in the future, but for now, the best that people with asthma can do is to control their symptoms. This entails taking prescription medication as directed by a physician. It also entails avoiding things that can trigger an asthma attack, like dust, pollen, animal dander, and tobacco smoke.

Having asthma means that your bronchial tubes, through which the air you breathe passes, swell up. This can make you cough, wheeze, have difficulty breathing, and experience chest tightness. Asthma attacks can range from mildly irritating to possibly life-threatening. With proper asthma management, people can live their lives mostly unencumbered by asthma.

Proper Asthma Management is a Tap Away

This management app, MyAsthma, makes self-management more doable. Healthcare providers can also use the app to keep track of up to five patients. If you have asthma yourself and you'd like to independently manage symptoms as much as possible, this app is a good fit. It's also a good fit if you're a parent with a child who suffers from asthma. The app can help with asthma management in almost any relevant context.

The app can capture data on pollen, air pollution, and air temperature levels. This way, users can record and track the things that trigger their symptoms. They can thus avoid these triggers once they know that irritant levels in a certain place are too high.

MyAsthma also allows users to access Asthma Control TestTM* (ACT) or Childhood Asthma Control Test (C-ACT). These tests can enable users to track how they control their symptoms every month.

Users can make a record of their asthma attacks on the app. They can make a note of what triggered the symptoms, when it happened, and how they used their inhaler. The app can also track how often the user needs to take medication. Users can share their information with healthcare professionals through the app, and can have access to other health apps as well.

Through proper asthma management, people can understand their triggers and can be able to avoid them. They can cut down on the frequency of asthma attacks and have fewer emergency trips to the hospital.

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