I love the World Wide Web! I find it's a great source of information, provided you know where to look. In fact, I've been known to say that there is nothing I cannot find out on the Web. So far, that boast has only been proved untrue a time or two.
As far as straight information on asthma goes, I happen to think this site, MyAllergyCentral.com, is one of the best places on the Web to get information on asthma and to meet a community of others dealing with the same issues. Of course, there are competitors, and some of them are great resources as well. But what if you want to have a little more fun than just reading and learning and discussing?
So, I thought today might be a good time to highlight some of the various asthma management tools that are available on the Internett that go a step beyond pure information.
- Test your knowledge. Short quizzes are a great way to see how much you really know about asthma. We have a number of quizzes here on this site. You'll find them here. See how you do with quizzes on asthma myths, how your diet affects your asthma, the GERD/asthma connection and more.
- Validate your degree of asthma control. The American Lung Association's Asthma Control test asks a series of multiple choice questions aimed at various aspects of asthma control. It only takes about 5 minutes to do and at the end, they give you a score for your degree of control and supply you with a few questions to ask your doctor.
- Create a peak flow calendar. A peak flow meter is one of the best tools to track your asthma control. This handy tool on KeepKidsHealthy.org enables you to create a color-coded peak flow chart. Fun!
- AsthmaKidCare Program from Pulmicort Respules. Here's a cool set of tools for parents of kids with asthma. You have to register, but it's free, and your kid doesn't have to be on Pulmicort Respules to qualify. Examples of some of their tools: Asthma Action Plan, Asthma Symptom Tracker, Doctor Discussion Guide and Emergency Contact Sheet.
- Teen Asthma Center. This handy web resource is designed just for teenagers with asthma. Learn about asthma, meet other teens with asthma, get tools to help manage it.
Those are just a few of the great resources I found so far. Perhaps I'll do a "Part 2" of this article down the road as I find more! Hope you find them intriguing. Do you know of any great asthma tools/resources you can share with us? If so, use the comments link below to tell us, won't you?
Published On: February 28, 2009