Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, making breathing difficult. While there is no cure, with proper management and treatment, you can live a full and active life. Our dedicated team at The Grange Medical Practice is here to help you understand and control your asthma so you can breathe easier.
Many things can cause these symptoms, but they’re more likely to be asthma if they:
- Happen often or keep coming back
- Are worse at night an early in the morning
- Seem to happen in response to an asthma trigger like exercise or:
- Allergens: Dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold
- Irritants: Smoke, pollution, strong odours, chemicals
- Genetics: Family history of asthma increases risk
- Respiratory infections: Cold, flu, etc.
- Medical history: Discussing your symptoms and risk factors
- Physical examination: Listening to your lungs
- Lung function tests: Measuring how well your lungs work
- Allergy testing: Identifying potential triggers
There’s currently no cure for asthma, but treatment can help control the symptoms so you’re able to live a normal, active life.
- Inhaled medications: Quick-relief and long-term control medication
- Bronchodilators: Relax and open airways
- Anti-inflammatory medications: Reduce inflammation
- Allergy immunotherapy: Desensitize the body to allergens
- Get an asthma action plan on Asthma + Lung UK
Living with Asthma:
- Develop an asthma action plan: Know your triggers and medications
- Identify and avoid your triggers: Manage your environment
- See your doctor regularly: Monitor and adjust treatment as needed
- Stay active: Regular exercise improves lung function
What to do:
- Follow your asthma action plan
- Use your quick-relief inhaler
- Sit upright and relax
- Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen
Preventing Asthma Attacks:
- Monitor your symptoms: Track triggers and early warning signs
- Take your medications as prescribed: Don’t skip doses
- Avoid triggers: Identify and manage your environment
- Get regular check-ups: Discuss concerns with your doctor
Advice for Friends and Family:
- Learn about asthma and how to recognize an attack
- Encourage medication adherence and trigger avoidance
- Be supportive and understanding
- Help create a safe and asthma-friendly environment
Asthma is manageable with proper care. Our team at The Grange Medical Practice is here to guide you on your journey to healthier breathing. Schedule an appointment today for personalized assistance.
Disclaimer: This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please contact The Grange Medical Practice for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition.