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Asthma – what’s normal for you?

Local GPs want to make managing asthma simple by asking people with the condition to know ‘what’s normal for you?’

The plea comes ahead of World Asthma Day on 7 May 2019 which is held every year to raise awareness of asthma. Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties; in the UK it affects one in 11 people, and three people die from asthma every day.

People of all ages can be affected by asthma but it often starts in childhood. Simple treatment and management of the condition can keep symptoms under control so that asthma doesn’t have a big impact on people’s lives. 

Asthma is a serious condition and when it isn’t managed well, can lead to asthma attacks and hospitalisation. In the UK someone is hospitalised with an asthma attack every eight minutes. 

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Dr Katherine Hickman, GP and clinical lead for respiratory health at NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) said: “If people are diagnosed with asthma it is important to know what feels normal for them. What are their symptoms and triggers of a potential asthma attack? If they experience symptoms that are not normal for them, ask for help sooner rather than later. If they are using their salbutamol, blue, inhaler more than three times a week this is a sign that their asthma is not well controlled and they should seek medical help as soon as possible.

“How people manage their condition is really important. I would urge people to make sure they attend their regular asthma reviews and keep their asthma plans updated.

“Asthma can be triggered by many things. Common triggers include allergens such as pet hair, pollen or mites, pollution or poor air quality, cigarette smoke, coughs, colds and stress. But it’s important to know what feels normal for you. Asthma is not curable, but by managing the condition well it can be kept under control.”

There are also some useful videos which can be viewed on the NHS Bradford district and Craven YouTube channel which explain asthma is an easy to understand way, including how to use preventer inhalers and reliever inhalers. 

For more information and advice about asthma and managing the condition, visit the Asthma UK website.

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