Asthma Management Handbook

Clinical issues

In this section

Management challenges

A comprehensive approach to identifying and solving problems when a patient has inadequate symptom control or recurrent flare-ups despite treatment, including review of treatment, adherence and inhaler technique, diagnosis, triggers and comorbidities, and strategies for managing difficult-to-treat or severe asthma

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/management-challenges

Allergies

Assessing and managing allergies in people with asthma, including management of allergic rhinitis, and guidance on when and how to attempt to reduce exposure to allergic triggers

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/allergies

Thunderstorm asthma

Identifying patients at risk of thunderstorm asthma and reducing risk of thunderstorm asthma in individuals

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/thunderstorm-asthma

Comorbidities

Considering and managing comorbid conditions in people with asthma, including gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, mental illness, obesity, allergic rhinitis and obstructive sleep apnoea

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/comorbidities

Complementary therapies

Providing reliable information about the safety and known effects of complementary and alternative therapies, including ‘natural’ products, ‘mind-and-body’ therapies, dietary supplements or restrictions, and physical therapies, and about alternative diagnostic practices

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/complementary-therapies

COPD

Considering chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as an alternative diagnosis in an adult with known or suspected asthma, and recognising and managing asthma–COPD overlap

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/copd

Exercise

Encouraging physical activity in adults, adolescents and children with asthma, and identifying and managing exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in people with asthma, including elite athletes

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/exercise

Food

Encouraging healthy eating for people with asthma, and considering food intolerances and food allergies in people with asthma

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/food

Smoking

Taking smoking into consideration when assessing and managing a person’s asthma, encouraging a smoke-free environment for children, and helping people who smoke to quit

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/smoking

Triggers

Assessing which factors trigger an individual’s asthma symptoms, and managing common avoidable triggers and unavoidable triggers

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/triggers

Work-related asthma

Identifying and managing work-exacerbated asthma (worsening of asthma control due to workplace conditions) and occupational asthma (new-onset asthma due to workplace conditions)

http://www.asthmahandbook.org.au/clinical-issues/work-related-asthma