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Asthma is an incurable condition that many sufferers must live with for the duration of their lives. It must be effectively managed to avoid complications with breathing. Clinically proven medication is key in helping to manage and treat asthma.
Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the small airways that carry air into and out of the lungs. If they become irritated, these airways, known as bronchioles, undergo similar symptoms to those of an allergy – they become swollen and inflamed, and produce excess mucus. These are the signs of asthma. This ‘asthma attack’ makes breathing difficult and, if left untreated, can be potentially very serious indeed.
Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for asthma. In the vast majority of cases, patients can effectively manage their condition using inhalers for asthma. A ‘reliever’ inhaler that helps to open up the airways and provide relief as an attack begins. Asthma sufferers should always ensure that they have adequate supplies of a salbutamol inhaler, the most popular of which is a Ventolin inhaler.
In addition, patients can use nebulisers as attacks grow in severity. A nebuliser creates a mist of medicine that can be inhaled, enabling higher doses of medicine to be given at a higher speed. However, the need to use increasing amounts of Ventolin usually indicate worsening asthma, and you should contact your regular doctor should these symptoms persist.
If a patient is suffering from frequent asthmatic attacks, they should consider the use of a steroid ‘preventer’ inhaler. These inhalers, such as Qvar, Clenil or Seretide, are used every day in a set routine to provide protection against the possible onset of attacks, and to reduce the amount of Ventolin used.
More than 5 million people in the UK are affected by asthma, with over 1 million of those being children. Usually, asthma occurs and is diagnosed at a young age, allowing children to be brought up with a good understanding of how to manage the illness. However, asthma can occur in people of all ages, at any time.
In recent years, asthma has become more common in the western world. Experts suggest that this is the result of a number of different circumstances, including increased air pollution.
Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be effectively managed to enable sufferers to live with minimal effects of the condition.
The common symptoms for asthma is characterized by a feeling of tightness in the chest, excess coughing or wheezing, and a general struggle to catch your breath. If you do not have an effective medicine to treat asthma in your possession and these symptoms occur, you should seek medical attention immediately.
In addition, there are certain signs that long-term asthma sufferers will grow to notice before an attack actually occurs. By identifying these signs of an asthma attack as early as possible, you can give yourself the best chance to avoid a full-blown asthma attack. These symptoms include itchiness of the skin, coughing and light-headedness.
Whilst the specific cause of how you get asthma is still not fully understood, there is a clear relationship at work between asthma and other, more generalised allergies. As a result, many sufferers will find a family history of asthma or allergies has increased their likeliness of having the condition.
Once somebody has been diagnosed with asthma, there are many substances that can trigger attacks. Each individual sufferer may be more suspectible to some specific irritants. Possible irritants include:
Prescription2Home offers a safe and reliable service, run by UK registered doctors and pharmacists, to provide consultations that may lead to a private prescription for asthma treatments.
At Prescription2Home you can take an online consultation that, if approved by our doctors, will lead to a private prescription. Our doctors will review your consultation responses to ensure that your chosen treatment is right, and safe, for you. On approval, we send the approved prescription electronically to our partner Pharmacy for dispensing and fulfilment. Prescriptions sent electronically to the Pharmacy before 3.30pm on working days can be despatched direct to your home for next day delivery.
When you have considered the full range of treatment options and think you know which treatment is right for you, please select one of the treatments from this page and progress to the online consultation.
Designed to conveniently treat the breathing problems most commonly associated with asthma, Ventolin inhalers help people to breathe easily and avoid the onset of a fully-fledged asthma attack. Sufferers of asthma are advised to keep an inhaler at hand at all times.