Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.
Please make it clear to reception staff that you are asthmatic when you phone.
Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check up with the nurse.
The following factsheets, available from Patient UK give information and advice on a variety of asthma related topics:
For more information please visit the websites below:
NHS Choices – Asthma’s symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and living with the condition
Asthma UK – an independent UK charity dedicated to conquering asthma.
Videos from NHS Choices
Asthma is a chronic condition that can be managed but not cured. This animation explains asthma in detail.
The symptoms of childhood asthma, how it can be treated, and which inhaler is right for children.
Child Asthma – A Real Story. Tashaurn, his mum and his nurse talk about living with child asthma.
Professor Peter Barnes from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College, London, explains what he would want to know if he was diagnosed with asthma.