What is Asthma? Understand the
symptoms & treatments & how to buy
Ventolin Inhalers online in the UK
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.
What Is 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.
Asthma Treatments: What are the Options?
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
indicates worsening asthma, and you should contact your regular doctor should these
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.
How Common Is Asthma?
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.
Asthma Symptoms: What should you look for?
The common symptoms for asthma are 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.
What causes Asthma?
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:
Pets and pet hair
Mould spores in damp conditions
House dust mites
Asthma Treatments Available with Online Prescriptions
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.
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