Spring is here and that means new beginnings for many college-bound students. However, if you have a teen with asthma, then that also means an updated asthma plan to prepare for the change in environment. With all the excitement of moving to a new place, many neglect to address the potential new triggers for asthma attacks in the change. This also applies to anyone with asthma who’s planning to travel or move.

Now is a good time to start preparing for your move, especially since some of the changes might take a while. Make an appointment with your doctor and go over these items for your asthma:

  1. Review your asthma plan and make sure it’s updated.
  2. Ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist near your new location.
  3. Request a copy of your most recent visits, including any allergy test or lab results. Have your medical records sent to your new doctor.
  4. Compile a list of current medications.
  5. Find a new pharmacy near your new place and have new prescriptions sent there.
  6. Confirm all vaccines are up-to-date, as well as appropriate for your new environment.
  7. Ask for help in identifying hospitals and emergency facilities near your new location that accept your insurance.¹

 

How Allergists Can Help

One thing most people with asthma don’t know is how an allergist can be the specialist they’ve been looking for. Allergists have special training in identifying asthma triggers and can help keep asthma symptoms under control.

Studies show that when an allergist treats asthma, it results in:

  • A 77% reduction in time lost from work or school.
  • A 45% reduction in sick care office visits.
  • A 77% reduction in emergency room costs.
  • Improved emotional and physical well-being, and greater satisfaction with your physician and with the quality of your general medical care. ²

By planning ahead and meeting with the right specialist, you and your child can minimize risks of asthma attacks. Having an updated action plan for a new environment can make a great difference in quality of life.

 

Looking for more options?

If your child is suffering from asthma and you are unsatisfied with current treatments available, CureClick has listed a clinical trial for Pediatric Asthma.

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Here are some details about the trial:

  • The trial is enrolling kids ages 12-17.
  • Study medication is available for no cost.
  • Study-related care from a local doctor is available for no cost.
  • If your child qualifies, he or she may receive up to $1,500 for study participation.

See if your child is qualified to participate here: http://curec.lk/1WDDVEV

 

Sources:

[1] “Teens with allergies and asthma: Start prepping now for move to college.” American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160503072235.htm

[2] “Allergists: The Doctors You Didn’t Know Could Help You with Your Asthma.” American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. http://newswise.com/articles/allergists-the-doctors-you-didn-t-know-could-help-you-with-your-asthma