New smartphone application helps asthma sufferers manage symptoms
When you're having an asthma attack, you may reach into your pocket and be disappointed to find out that you have forgotten to bring your inhaler with you on that particular day. But, one item you are sure to always have on you that could provide relief, although more in the long-term than immediately responding to an asthma attack, is actually your smartphone.
Part of the reason why individuals experience serious asthma attacks is that they do not manage their symptoms properly on a day-to-day basis. A new application for the Android, iPhone and iPad hopes to solve this problem by allowing asthma sufferers to develop a plan for treating their symptoms more easily. Those who download the AsthmaSense application, developed by iSonea, can can track their peak flow readings and receive alerts when they are not controlling their symptoms properly.
"Managing asthma is crucial to controlling the disease and improving health," Dr. Lynn Taussig, who is a University of Denver professor and iSonea board member, said in a press release. "AsthmaSense smartphone app is an easy and convenient way to monitor and track asthma and keep your doctor informed of your condition and progress. This ultimately leads to better health, avoids emergency visits and provides peace of mind for patients and their families."
Individuals who use this application regularly and also use their inhalers properly should be well on their way toward controlling their symptoms. As this blog reported last week, some individuals may need to use spacer devices to ensure that medication is being delivered properly. Even though Asthma Awareness Month wound down in May, there is still plenty of time for asthma sufferers to revamp their treatment processes if necessary.
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