Asthma Counselling
The goal of asthma treatment is to keep you as symptom-free as possible. This goal can be reached by most people with asthma by learning how to avoid asthma triggers.

Asthma Counselling

Asthma is a condition in which the airways in the lungs constrict, potentially getting blocked by mucus due to environmental as well as psychological triggers. Its main symptoms involve coughing, wheezing, tightening of chest, and shortness of breath, with most patients having accompanying allergies and concomitant rhinitis symptoms or concurrent sinus disease which enhances and exaggerates the symptoms. With children and adolescents, Asthma can be diagnosed in two thirds of people before the age of 18 as most develop it before the age of 5. It has been shown that anxiety, depression, as well as family conflicts have been linked to bad control of asthma symptoms and increased rate of hospitalization as a result. The goal of treatment in general is to alleviate the symptoms, but it is often very difficult to do so due to the patient’s inability to stick to a specific plan that allows for the monitoring of the disease (by follow up visits) as well as inadequate knowledge and education about the disease and its elements.

Therefore, the consultation is aimed at informing and explaining to our patients as well as their parents (if applicable) about the conditions of asthma, helping them potentially identify triggers of attack (like air pollution, dust, exercise, sinus infection, flu, perfume, etc…) as well as to keep track of what triggers affect them the most. They would be also informed about the different types of medications they may consider (long term medication like inhaled corticosteroids and short-term medication like inhaled short-acting beta agonist) with their side effects as well as to make sure that the patient understands the importance of carrying short term medication at all times to treat sudden attacks. We also assist our patients with understanding how to use their inhalers properly as improper uses of it compromises the effect of the inhaler on the symptoms. As a result, these consultations allow for patients to learn more about their condition, understand how to monitor it, as well as how to control it through medication and elimination of stress inducing situations.


Simple things you can do to avoid asthma triggers are:


  • Protect yourself against dust mites;
  • Wash all bedding in hot water at least twice per month;
  • Change filters on heaters and air conditioners at least once per year;
  • If you cannot get rid of your carpets, vacuum them often with a multi-layer, allergen-proof vacuum bag;
  • Dust often and everywhere, including lampshades, walls and windowsills with a damp cloth;
  • Store toys and books in closed bookshelves, drawers, or closets;
  • Put all clothing in drawers and closets, and keep them closed;
  • Cover air ducts with filters or cheesecloth. Change them frequently;
  • Do not use pillows and bedding made with feathers;
  • Clean bathrooms regularly with products that kill and prevent mould. Use exhaust fans to vent steam after a hot shower;
  • Avoid perfumes and cosmetics with strong fragrances (hair shampoos, conditioners, body lotions etc);
  • Get flu shots to prevent chest infections;

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What are the changes to OHIP+ program?

The Ontario government has announced changes to OHIP+ starting April 1, 2019. Children and youth age 24 and under who are OHIP-insured, but who do not have a private plan will be eligible.

What medications are covered by OHIP+?

OHIP+ completely covers the cost of more than 4,400 drug products that are currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, including:

  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Inhalers for asthma
  • Various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g. EPIPENs®)
  • Medications to treat arthritis, epilepsy and other chronic conditions
  • Antidepressants
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications
  • Medications to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions

To find out if your medication is covered through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program visit or contact us for more information.

Medications available through the Exceptional Access Program may also be covered if an individual qualifies

What is a private plan?

A private plan means an employer, group or individual plan, program or account, that could provide coverage for drug products, including facilitating the funding that could be used to pay for drug products, regardless of the following: 

  • the private plan covers the particular drug for which coverage is sought, 
  • the child or youth or another person under the private plan is required to pay a co-payment, deductible, or premium, or, 
  • the child or youth has reached their annual maximum under the private plan and no further coverage is available.
What about medications not covered under OHIP+?

If the prescribed medication is not covered by OHIP+, your Guardian or I.D.A. pharmacist may be able to recommend alternative medications that are covered by OHIP+.
If you have private insurance, some drugs not covered by OHIP+ may be covered by your insurance plan.

The Exceptional Access Program (EAP) may enable access to some medications for which no appropriate alternative is covered by OHIP+. Your healthcare provider is required to submit a request on your behalf. If approved, the full cost of the medication will be covered. Visit for more information on EAP.

How do I get an Ontario health card?

An Ontario health card is required to receive OHIP+ coverage.  For more information on getting an Ontario health card, visit or contact a ServiceOntario Centre at 1-800-268-1154 (toll-free in Ontario only), 416-314-5518 (Toronto and GTA) or 1-800-387-5559 (toll-free TTY).

If my child is entitled to receive drug benefits through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, will they be fully covered, or will they have a co-pay? si?

Children and youth age 24 and under who are eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program because they receive social assistance benefits, regardless of whether they have a private plan, will maintain their benefits through the ODB Program with no co-pay and no deductible.


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