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Asthma check-ups and asthma action plans

asthma action plan leafletAsthma sufferers must attend an asthma check-up with their GP or asthma nurse at least once every 12 months.

If you suffer from asthma and have NOT had an asthma check-up in the last year please book an appointment with your GP surgery as soon as possible.

Asthma check-ups are important and will usually include breathing tests, inhaler technique, symptoms, triggers, use of spacer devices, and a medicines review.

Check-ups will often also include completing an asthma action plan with your GP or nurse. Patients that use a written action plan are four times less likely to be admitted to hospital. Read in full

Purchasing your asthma inhaler online

Blue asthma inhalerIf you use a salbutamol inhaler (blue inhaler) you may be able to receive a repeat inhaler online. The service won’t replace your regular asthma check-ups or visits to the doctor’s surgery, but it can make the process of obtaining your inhaler much easier.

Dr Fox does not provide additional asthma medicines or steroid inhalers but you can save time and money by ordering your salbutamol inhaler here on our website. This also helps ensure you are never left without your inhaler when you need it.

Here is how the process works: If you use a salbutamol inhaler (also known as a blue inhaler or reliever) you can carry out an online consultation with one of our doctors, in which you will be asked about the type of inhaler you use, whether you have had an asthma or breathing clinic check-up within the last year and other important medical questions. Read in full

Living with asthma

runner with asthmaBeing diagnosed with asthma can be traumatic, in no small part because the diagnosis often follows an episode of shortness of breath. It is also a shock to hear about a chronic condition that could be lifelong.

For some it may feel like life will never be the same, but this is only partially true. For most sufferers, asthma is a condition that can be kept at bay. With proper care and management you can live a normal life; it does not need to become the centre of your existence. Knowing the facts is the first step.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a common chronic respiratory condition that consists of narrowing and inflammation of the airways. This leads to coughing, wheezing and other unpleasant symptoms. Although the exact causes of asthma are not yet fully understood, we do know that people with a family history of asthma and allergies are more likely to suffer from it. Read in full

New plans announced for schools to stock emergency asthma inhalers

asthma inhalers in schoolsThe Department of Health has announced plans to allow schools to keep a supply of asthma inhalers on the premises.

The move comes as part of a drive to reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions – or even deaths – for more than a million school pupils.

Added to first aid kits

Current legislation means that blue reliever inhalers are prescribed medicines, meaning schools are not allowed to keep spares. But campaigners are delighted that a recent consultation to allow them to be kept in First Aid kits could be implemented as early as next year.

Asthma charity, Asthma UK, says the current restriction means 1.1 million school children are potentially at risk because of the rules. Read in full

Rise in emergency calls as the great smog grips UK

uk smog causes increase in asthma attacksIt was like a scene from a futuristic, dystopian science fiction film as a thick blanket of smog and haze covered certain regions of the country recently. Landmarks were obscured by the pervasive mist and health warnings were issued – 1.6 million people suffered an asthma attack as a result.

Many areas were gripped by intense levels of pollution, the emergency services saw a major increase in 999 calls and hospitals saw an influx of extra admissions as the smog had a major effect on people’s health. Read in full

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Side Effects of Salbutamol and Beclometasone

With one in five households affected by asthma, it’s a condition worth talking about. Asthma affects the airways, the small tubes which carry air in and out of the lungs. These tubes narrow when the sufferer comes into contact with irritants, causing them to feel short of breath. Asthma is conventionally treated with salbutamol-containing blue inhalers, and beclometasone-containing brown inhalers. But are there any side effects associated with these common treatments? Read in full

The difference between blue and brown inhalers

ventolin side effectsAsthma is a common condition, affecting one in every eleven children, and can often last for a life-time. However with the right medication symptoms can be kept under control so that sufferers can lead a normal life.

If you or your children have been prescribed one or two inhalers, make sure you know the difference between them so they are being used to manage symptoms appropriately. Read in full