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Asthma

 

At Eastgate Surgery you can get regular asthma check-ups with the nurse.
Asthma is one of the very most common medical conditions in the world. In this country alone, one adult in 25 and one child in seven gets the irritating cough and breathlessness typical of asthma.
Many people’s asthma is mild. In serious asthma modern medication, taken correctly – with the support of asthma specialists – means nearly everyone with asthma can control their symptoms, effectively cope with an asthma attack when it occurs and, to all intents and purposes, lead happy, healthy lives.

Symptoms that are typical of asthma include; wheezing, shortness of breath, a tightening feeling in the chest and/or persistent coughing.

How is it diagnosed?

If your doctor believes you do have asthma, he or she may decide you need immediate treatment with a reliever inhaler. You’ll then be given a personalised programme of treatment to help prevent asthma symptoms which may lead to an attack does happen. Your doctor – or possibly the practise nurse – will also guide you through a personalised plan to help you manage your condition effectively

What to do during an attack

If you feel an attack coming on, take two puffs of your reliever inhaler – preferably using a spacer if you have one. Sit down and stay calm, with your hands resting on your knees for support.
If there is no improvement within five to ten minutes, call your doctor or an ambulance and keep using your reliever inhaler until help arrives. If you’re on steroid tablets, take them as per your doctor’s instructions.

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