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    Respiratory Care

    How to control asthma

    Asthma management devices can help deliver your or your child's medication more effectively while reducing side effects1, 2.

      Understanding asthma treatment

      Why is it so important to know how to control asthma?

      Many people living with asthma think their condition is managed well if symptoms flare up only occasionally, and assume that using an inhaler less means their asthma is more in control. In fact, that can mean your asthma treatment plan isn’t working as well as it should or that you aren’t adhering to it as prescribed. But side effects from taking medication—like the taste or the feel of it in the back of your throat—can discourage you from sticking to your plan.


      Asthma management devices can help deliver your or your child’s medication more effectively, while reducing side effects1,2. By getting the right level of medication to your lungs, at the right frequency your healthcare professional has prescribed, you can live life with fewer symptoms and more freedom.

      Take control!

      See how our asthma management devices can help manage your asthma.

      The aim of treatment is to manage your asthma so that7:

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      You have no or only minor daytime symptoms3
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      You have no night-time waking with asthma symptoms3
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      You don’t have to use your rescue inhaler more than 2x a week to treat your symptoms3
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      Are you in control of your asthma?

      Take the quick test to find out

      The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) recommends using questions such as the following to assess asthma control7:

      1. If you or your child has asthma, do you or your child have coughing, wheezing, or chest tightness more than twice a week? Yes or No
      2. If you or your child has asthma, does it limit you or your child from participating in sports or normal physical activities?  Yes or No 
      3. If you or your child has asthma, do you or your child wake up at night with asthma symptoms?  Yes or No 
      4. If you or your child has asthma, do you or your child use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week to treat asthma symptoms?  Yes or No 
      If you answered yes to any of these questions, your or your child’s asthma may not be well controlled and you should schedule an appointment with your healthcare professional to discuss symptoms and review your asthma action plan.

      Indoor air quality matters

      Indoor Air Quality

      Take control of the indoor air

      Air in our homes is often 2–5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Everyday activities — like cooking, cleaning and playing with pets — all release allergens and air pollutants into the home.

      We take 24,000 breaths every day so the air in our homes can impact our lives. Better air quality helps prevent or alleviate allergies, asthma and respiratory issues, so we can all breathe a little easier.


      Philips Air solutions reduce four major factors that influence indoor air quality: 

      PM 2.5 – the microscopic air pollutants that are common triggers for an asthma attack.

      Allergens – such as pollen coming in from outdoors, dust mites, pet dander (flakes of skin) and mould spores.

      Bacteria and viruses – inhalation can cause influenza, common colds, tuberculosis and other infections, whilst also increasing the risk of asthma.

      Air humidity or dry air – this can aggravate  allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions.

      What is an Air Purifier?

      Air Purifiers:

      Air Purifier 2000i
      Philips Air Purifiers remove 99.97%of airborne allergens including pollen, house dust mites and pet dander2.
      The app gives real-time air quality feedback via the display and allergy management advice.
      Certified by authorities such as AHAM, ECARF.
      Thanks to  exclusive AeraSense technology, a particle sensor that detects even a slight change in the air and ensures the purifier’s settings are adjusted to reduce airborne allergens.

      Particles between 0.3 and 10 microns

      Tested on the filter media for 1 pass efficiency at 5.33cm/s air flow, by a third party lab.

      What is a Humidifier?

      Air Humidifiers:

      Philips Air humidifiers retain comfortable moisture levels in your home by maintaining a constant and even, relative humidity between 40% and 60%.
      Philips Air humidifiers spread 99% less bacteria compared to ultrasonic humidifiers3 thanks to exclusive NanoCloud Technology.
      They distribute the humidified air in the room evenly.
      Compared to standard ultrasonic technology (non warm mist), Philips NanoCloud technology emits up to 99% less natural bacteria into the air, as tested for 8 weeks in a 1m3 chamber, and certified in an independent laboratory benchmark study by Rabe HygieneConsult in June 2012 (Rabe Hygiene Consult 2101p_12.116).
      What is a Dehumidifier?

      2-in-1 Air Dehumidifier & Purifier:

      2-in-1 Air Dehumidifier & Purifier
      Philips 2-in-1 Air dehumidifier and purifier reduces moisture and allergens for a drier, healthier home.
      Philips 2-in-1 Air dehumidifier and purifier filters ultra-fine particles as small as 0.02 microns4 thanks to NanoProtect filter.
      Get real-time feedback from the air quality indicator and digital humidity display.
      The filter was tested with NaCl test aerosol according to DIN71460-1 in IUTA

      In order to get more tips on how to manage your child's asthma at home and school, see below:

      Air Matters Smartphone app

      Air Matters Smartphone app
      for allergy insights & control

      Air Matters Smartphone app

      Air Matters Smartphone app
      for allergy insights & control

      Monitors the outdoor allergen levels.
      The pollen forecast provides the levels of different types of pollen for the next 3 days.
      Forecast within the Air Matters app covers the top allergens such as birch, grass and olive to ragweed, mug wort and alder – and is currently available in Europe and in the US.
      Monitoring in real time, the Air Matters app – which can be used around the world – shows what the current outdoor pollutant levels are and provides an air quality forecast for the next seven days.
      Allows users to regulate the settings and the speed of their Philips air purifier, and to receive information on its filter status. 

      Aiming for the green zone on your asthma action plan

      An asthma action plan is a document that you can create together with your healthcare professional that outlines when and how much asthma controller medication you or your child should take daily to manage your condition, how often to use reliever medication and what additional steps to take if symptoms get worse.

      A simple green-yellow-red format makes it easy to track whether you are doing well or getting worse, and what to do about it. Used along with a peak flow meter to track your lung function, the action plan can help you stick with your treatment for better overall asthma management.
      Aiming for the green zone on your asthma action plan
      The three zone traffic light system with Philips PersonalBest peak flow meter
      Improve medication delivery
      Improve asthma medication delivery

      Medicine often ends up in your mouth, throat and stomach when using an inhaler on its own. A valved holding chamber (sometimes called a spacer) may improve drug delivery to the lungs where it is needed by as much as 4 times4.


      Getting the right amount of medication can help reduce day-to-day symptoms and keep you in the green zone2.

      Track your peak flow for better control of your asthma
      Track your peak flow for better control of your asthma
      A peak flow meter is used to measure how fast you blow out air from your lungs.

      A peak flow meter is also used to determine if your asthma symptoms are putting you into the yellow or red zone of your asthma action plan.
      Get medication to your lungs  where it is needed
      Get asthma medication to your lungs where it is needed
      Your healthcare professional may prescribe reliever medication delivered by a pMDI inhaler or nebuliser for breathing treatment of worsening asthma symptoms. Nebulisers turn liquid medication into a fine mist that is more easily absorbed into your lungs. The goal is to get your or your child back to the green zone and doing well.

      InnoSpire Go

      Portable mesh nebuliser

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      Delivers medication in as little as 4 minutes3.
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      Sleek, streamlined design and easy operation
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      Virtually silent delivery of medication, at home or on the go
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      Simple two-part construction for easy cleaning
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      Built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 30 treatments (120 minutes of use) per charge
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      InnoSpire Go Portable mesh nebuliser
      Fast, effective and easy to use, the InnoSpire Go portable mesh nebuliser is designed to shorten asthma treatment time by 25%5, so your medication can be delivered in as little as four minutes.6 Virtually silent, InnoSpire Go is small, portable, discreet and can be used anywhere.
      How to use InnoSpire Go
      See InnoSpire Go and learn how it works
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      Other products for asthma treatment

      Get the facts

      Read more about common myths about asthma

      Ask your healthcare progessional or pharmacist about asthma management

      Ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist about asthma management

      Your healthcare professional or pharmacist can be valuable resources for understanding the use and benefit of including asthma management devices as part of an asthma action plan. Some asthma management devices are available only with prescription.

      Breathe easier at home

      Helping you manage the indoor air quality you and your family are exposed to, keeping your home clean and healthy.

      Learn more about Philips Air purifiers

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      [1]  Newman, S.P., et al. Improvement of pressurized aerosol deposition with Nebuhaler spacer device. Thorax, 1984; 39(12) 935-41

      [2]  Asthma.org.uk. Advice/inhalersmedicines.treatments/inhalers-and-spacers. Accessed January 2016.

      [3] Asthma.org.uk. Advice/manage-your-asthma. Accessed January 2016.  

      [4] Gardenhire D., Arzu A., Dean H., Myers T. A guide to aerosol delivery devices for respiratory therapists 3rd edition, American Association for Respiratory Care, 2013. 

      [5] Versus predecessor, Aeroneb Go.

      [6] Using 2.5ml salbutamol.
      [7] ginasthma.org. 2017-gina-report-global-strategy-for-asthma-management-and-prevention. Assessment of Asthma page 29. Accessed November 2017.