Do you struggle with asthma? Do you know your count? The idea of knowing your count is a new to me, I admit, but it is also a great idea. Many rescue inhalers do not have any sort of markings or counters on them to let you know just how many doses are left. Can you imagine having an asthma attack and then finding out you are out your rescue inhaler is out of full doses? That would be scary.
There is a new National Campaign that seeks to educate everyone with asthma on the importance of ‘Knowing Their Count’. This campaign was announced by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Teva Respiratory. The campaigns goal is to raise awareness of the seriousness of asthma and educating asthma patients and caregivers about the importance of keeping track of the remaining doses in their rescue inhalers. The face of this campaign is award-winning singer and actress, Kristin Chenoweth. Chenoweth is speaking publicly for the first time about the impact her asthma has had on her professional career and busy lifestyle.
You can watch a couple of videos above as she talks about her struggles with asthma and how it factors into her life.
Children and adults with asthma need to rely on a quick-relief (or “rescue”) inhaler during an attack, so having enough medication in an inhaler when they need it is critical. Despite the life-saving nature of these medicines, a recent survey co-sponsored by AAFA and Teva of approximately 590 patients with asthma revealed that nearly half of respondents reported their rescue inhaler was empty when needed at least once in the past, requiring one-out-of-ten of them to go to the emergency room and one-out-of-five to go without treatment during the asthma attack.
I have struggled with asthma very little in my life. I only really have a problem with it when I am pregnant, and in the winter when it is very cold. But I have never had a rescue inhaler that kept track of how many doses I had left. That is such a wonderful idea.
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Do you have asthma? Do you know your count?