If you have asthma the nursing team would like to see you on an annual basis to monitor your condition. They can advise you on managing your condition and review your treatments with the aim of you being completely symptom-free. Please tell the receptionist if you wish to book an asthma review and they will allocate the appropriate amount of time. Please bring the inhalers you use to the appointment with you.
Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropriate treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways.
The usual symptoms of asthma are
- shortness of breath
Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time; a few people may experience these symptoms all the time.
There isn’t a cure for asthma. However, treatments are available to help manage your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be individual to you, combining medicines and asthma management in a way that works best for you.
Medicines are only part of your treatment for asthma. You will also need to deal with the things that make it worse. Keep a diary to record anything that triggers your asthma – this can help you to discover a pattern. Using a peak flow meter to monitor your lung function can also help. If you have repeatedly low readings in a certain situation (for example, at the end of a working day, after exercise or after contact with an animal) this may indicate the trigger.
Further detailed information about asthma is available at http://www.asthma.org.uk