Asthma is a common condition that affects the airways. It is important to take your treatment on a regular basis and attend regular asthma reviews. If your asthma is not controlled you are at increased risk of an asthma attack which can be life-threatening. Click2Pharmacy’s Online clinic can help supply the appropriate asthma treatment. Complete our FREE consultation today.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition that affects millions of people in the UK. It is when the airways in your lungs become inflamed and narrow, and can produce a sticky phlegm. This can be happen when you come into contact with certain triggers, which can lead to a reaction where it becomes difficult for you to breathe. This can result in coughing and wheezing, and this is referred to as having an “asthma attack”. Asthma is a lifelong condition for most people. At the moment there is no cure for asthma, however there are many ways in which it can be managed.
Who does Asthma affect?
There are roughly 5.4 million sufferers in the UK. This is about 8% of adults, and 9% of children. Asthma can run in families, and is common in people who smoke or have history of allergies.
Symptoms of Asthma
The most common symptoms of asthma are:
- Wheezing ( a whistling noise as you breath)
- Tight feeling in the chest
These symptoms can be severe, and can lead to drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, and fainting.
Symptoms can be a response to certain asthma triggers such as:
- Allergies (e.g. pet hair, seasonal allergies)
- Smoke and pollution
- Cold and flu infections
Pain relief medication
How is Asthma diagnosed?
Asthma is diagnosed by looking at what symptoms you have, taking a family history and carrying out tests. There are three tests for asthma, a FeNO test, spirometry and a peak flow test. These can be done at your GP surgery. Asthma can be harder to diagnose in young children.
How is Asthma treated/managed?
There is no cure for asthma, however we can control it. Much of this will depend on what symptoms you have. Most people with asthma will use some form of inhaler. Your GP or practice nurse can create an asthma plan which is unique to you. The aim of this plan is to relieve symptoms, and prevent future attacks and symptoms.
In addition to this, the Asthma control Test™ can be used by yourself or your healthcare provider to check how well your symptoms are managed. You can take the test online at https://www.asthmacontroltest.com/en-gb/welcome/
There are steps that can be taken to help manage asthma that can work alongside asthma medication. These include:
- identifying possible triggers, and trying to avoid or reduce them in everyday life
- Exercising on a regular a basis- this is recommended once you have asthma medication
- Following a healthy diet
- Stopping smoking
- Getting the flu vaccination
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