Be asthma aware

Published May 8, 2017 at 10:28

Asthma is a long-term lung condition, which if managed well with self-care can be kept under control. There are a number of treatments available to minimise the symptoms.

World Asthma Day took place last week with doctors from NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) encouraging local residents to be aware of the treatments available. Asthma is a common condition, and while the severity varies for each person, it generally improves over time with the help of daily medication.

The main symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and, in more severe cases, asthma attacks. Exercising is a common trigger for asthma which is why it is essential to carry your medication with you at all times.

The main treatments include reliever inhalers, which control the symptoms of the condition on a short-term basis, and preventer inhalers, which should be taken every day. They are designed to prevent the symptoms of asthma occurring in the first place.

If you suffer from asthma, it is important to develop a personal action plan with your doctor, outlining the medication you use, what to do if you have an asthma attack, and how to monitor your condition.

Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said:

Although there is no cure for asthma, there are a number of treatments available to reduce the symptoms, helping the majority of people to live a normal, active life.

If you think you may have asthma, visit your GP. You will need to take a simple breathing test to determine whether you have the condition or not.

Dr Stuart Berry, Respiratory Lead at NHS East Lancashire CCG said:

World Asthma Day is an opportunity for us to talk about Asthma and how to live better with it.