The new year is
here! Everyone is preparing for a great year. Many people are hitting
the gym and eating better to lose weight and become healthier. Other
people are making new years resolutions to better themselves and
others have things to accomplish to prepare for the coming year. If
you have asthma and allergies, there are a few to dos that you should
make sure you complete to get ready for the year. Let’s take a look
at some of these things.
- Ensure your
health care provider office has a copy of your new insurance
information. Each year, most doctor’s offices update their
insurance records for patients to make sure they have the latest
information. You can contact your doctor’s office to share your
new insurance information for the year. Doing this will save you
time at your future doctor’s appointments in the coming year.
- Update your new
insurance information at your pharmacy. Not only does your doctor’s
office need your updated insurance information, but your pharmacy
does as well. The new insurance information is needed to submit your
prescription claims for coverage of your prescriptions for the year.
- Determine if
your prescription medications are still covered on your prescription
plan. Doing this will help ensure that you do not run to any issues
when you are at the pharmacy trying to fill your prescriptions. Each
year, health insurance providers usually update the list of
medicines, or formulary, that are covered. If you find out that your
medication is not covered, then let your doctor know as soon as you
can. Letting your provider know that your prescription medicine is
no longer covered will allow them to change your medicine to
something that is covered by your health plan.
- Continue to
prepare yourself for the winter weather. The cold temperatures
typically continue into the early months of the next year in the
United States. Take steps to keep yourself warm by wearing a coat
and scarf when you go outside.
- Make sure you
always have your emergency medicines with you at all times. If you
have asthma, make sure you have your rescue inhaler with you. If you
have allergies, make sure you have your epinephrine on hand. It’s
also a good idea to check the expiration dates on your emergency
medicines to see if they are not expired.
- Monitor and
check your indoor air quality. The cold weather means that you are
staying indoors more often. Staying closed up more may worsen the
air quality inside. Be mindful of the different indoor allergens
that can build up and trigger your allergies and asthma.
If you have any more
questions on steps to make your new year easier with asthma and
allergies, let us know. Give our Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group team a call at 805-658-9500 to
set up an appointment with us. We will be glad to help you with
managing your asthma and allergies.