Newly diagnosed asthma patients often feel overwhelmed once the reality of their new lifestyle hits them. Patients are told to completely stay away from all asthma triggers in their lives, but are often left to guess how to proceed with such a restrictive lifestyle.
Many health care providers do not offer information to fully educate their patients on the “how-to’s” of adapting to the new challenges and changes that come with an asthma diagnosis. Patients who truly want to control their asthma symptoms, become healthier and completely adapt to their new lifestyle must embark on a journey of self-education.
Self-education is an on-going process for patients, and leads to empowerment and self-confidence by gaining knowledge and understanding of their condition. With knowledge, patients can face Life and safely take part in the world around them. Quality of life is greatly enhanced when patients are feeling good and more confident. Self-education is a very powerful tool for newly diagnosed patients who suffer from asthma.
Often, patients are devastated when they first realize many of the furnishings in their home can be harmful, that pets may need to find new homes, and even their diet will have to change in order for them to live a healthy life. Questions abound—what type household furnishings are now safe, what are the exact names of their new asthma medications and what are the possible side effects, and where can they find safe products and ingredients, etc.
Newly diagnosed asthma patients wonder where to find the information that will lead them to better health and quality of life. There are numerous books, magazines, and online materials catering especially to asthma patients. There are even clubs and associations that offer help and guidance for these patients and their families.
At this point, research about books and materials available on the Internet can become an invaluable tool for patients to arm themselves with the necessary knowledge they lack. When looking for reputable books and information it is very important to do an online search for reviews of the products and organizations offering advice. This will allow a patient to gain insight as to which books and information offer correct and reliable assistance.
Self-education is an important step for patients who often do not receive necessary information about their conditions from their health care providers. Patients who self-educate, and work with their health care providers, are better equipped to take on their new lives and to have increased self-confidence, better health and quality of life.
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