DON'T FACE ASTHMA ALONE - TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR AND
THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU
Asthma can be a difficult topic to talk about. You might feel embarrassed or ashamed about your asthma or using your inhaler.1,2 But you don’t need to face asthma alone. Asthma is common in Singapore3 and there are people around you who can help. Your support network might look like:4
TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR
Whenever you see your doctor, keep them updated on
your asthma condition so they can adjust your
treatment if necessary.5
Some things you can talk to your doctor about include:
how often asthma
take your medications
effective it is for
in controlling your
How to identify your asthma triggers2
In what ways and how often asthma symptoms affect you5
How to correctly take your medications and how effective it is for you2,5
How is your Asthma Action Plan helping you in controlling your asthma symptoms5
Any other medical concerns5
TALKING TO PEOPLE AROUND YOU
People close to you such as family, friends, co-workers or even your fitness coach can help you with your asthma, for both physical and emotional support.4,6 While asthma might not be an easy subject to bring up, talking about it lets them better understand how asthma affects you and the ways they can support you.
Some ways people around you can help:
Help you with your Asthma Action Plan4,5
Tell the people around you where you keep your medications and share your Asthma Action Plan so they know what asthma signs to watch out for and what to do in an emergency.
Recognise symptoms and when to seek medical help6,7
People around you can help recognise when you are showing asthma symptoms or when you should see your doctor, such as wheezing in your sleep.
Provide emotional support6-9
Staying connected with family and friends can do a lot for your mental health. They can help by checking if you are coping well or just touching base to brighten your mood.
Look out for your asthma triggers10
Letting people know what triggers your asthma helps them understand your condition and support you in looking out or avoiding your triggers.
- Price D, et al. J Asthma Allergy. 2015;8:93–103.
- Dhar R, et al. Respirology. 2020;25(12):1235–1242.
- Jeyagurunathan A, et al. Yale J Biol Med. 2021;94(3):417–427.
- Asthma+ Lung UK. Your asthma action plan, 2020. Available at: https://www.asthmaandlung.org.uk/conditions/asthma/your-asthma-action-plan/. Accessed December 2022.
- GINA. Global strategy for asthma management and prevention, 2022. Available at: https://ginasthma.org/gina-reports/. Accessed December 2022.
- Quek JS, et al. BMC Pulm Med. 2022;22(1):231.
- Cheong LH, et al. Health Expect. 2015;18(6):2595–2605.
- Asthma+ Lung UK. Emotions, 2022. Available at: https://www.asthmaandlung.org.uk/conditions/asthma/asthma-triggers/emotions/. Accessed March 2023.
- Government of Singapore. Call these helplines if you need emotional or psychological support, 2020. Available at: https://www.gov.sg/article/call-these-helplines-if-you-need-emotional-or-psychological-support/. Accessed December 2022.
- Asthma+ Lung UK. Occupational asthma, 2020. Available at: https://www.asthmaandlung.org.uk/conditions/asthma/occupational-asthma/. Accessed March 2023.
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