The Asthma Treatment Plan


TheAsthma Treatment Plan

The health psychology of the children and the adolescent is quitedifferent from the adult health psychology, and that needs themedical practitioners to consider all those elements. For instance,the children and adolescents have a higher respiratory rate thatexposes them to more illness agents (Brannon &amp Feist, 2007).Apart from that, the higher respiratory rate also shows that theyrespond rapidly to the same illness agents. The children andadolescents also have a higher metabolic rate that makes them losemore water when they are ill. All in all, this paper will prove thatthe children and adolescents, as well as adults, will need differenttreatment plans because of their distinct health psychology.

Asthma is a respiratory illness that is manifested throughinflammation, bronchoconstriction and airwayhyperresponsiveness as well. Bronchoconstriction is a more dangerousone since it constricts the smooth muscles of the airways thatprevent the breathing process (Clark et al., 2012). Hence, themedication relaxes the smooth muscles to ensure that they let airpass through. The airway hyperresponsiveness, on the other hand,makes the airways sensitive to substances such as strong perfumes.

The treatment of asthma often considers the age of the patient toensure that he or she gets the satisfactory medication too. Forinstance, the child and adolescents are expected to haveimmunotherapy that includes the allergy shots that ensure they do notreact to every substance in their surroundings (Clark et al., 2012).The children treatment should also try to heal other respiratoryinfections that might interfere with the treatment of asthma sincethey have reduced immunity. On the other hand, both the children andadults should have inhaled corticosteroids that will act as a therapyplan that will reduce the severity of the infection. Besides that,the beta2 agonists, as well as the leukotriene antagonists, are theother therapies that the children might benefit from (Clark et al.,2012). The treatment of the children will need more drugs andinitiatives that will reduce the complications too.

The health psychologists will have to offer the children enoughtreatment approaches since they have a higher metabolic rate and ahigher respiratory rate. Hence, the health psychologist will providemore medical drugs and treatment plans that will benefit the childrenwhile the adults will need fewer medications. The healthy psychologyof the children and adolescents exposes them to multiple ailmentscaused by asthma, and that warrants more medication. Apart from that,the high metabolic rate makes them lose more water that might beappropriate during the healing process (Brannon &amp Feist, 2007).Hence, noncompliance will also expose them to more complications andtake the medications as expected is the only way to help them getwell.

Noncompliance might be a huge problem if the health psychologist doesnot take the required measures. Hence, a psychologist will need tocreate a perfect action plan as an intervention that will ensure thatthe patient adheres to every medication or activity specified. In theprocess, the plan will make sure that the patient compliances withthe medication and facilitate the recovery process too.

In conclusion, the children and adolescents deserve a more intensivetreatment plan since they have a more demanding health psychology. Onthe other hand, the adults can survive with a treatment plan that isnot intensive and detailed as the children and the adolescents. Thetreatment plan of asthma also shows that the children have a highmetabolic rate and a high respiratory rate that increases theirlikelihood of infections. Hence, their treatment plan should considertheir health psychology that needs the proper medication.


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Clark, N. M., Ko, Y. A., Gong, Z. M., &amp Johnson, T. R. (2012).Outcomes associated with a negotiated asthma treatment plan. Chronicrespiratory disease, 9(3), 175-182.