Penny Knight has received specialist training in Asthma management and offer assessment and review appointments. Patients should receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment with them for an annual review to ensure that the practice keeps its records of your care up to date and reviews your medication. However if you are interested in attending and have not received an invitation, then please ask at reception.
Additional Information about Asthma
Asthma is a very common condition that affects over three million people in Britain. It is a chronic condition affecting your lungs which have hundred of tubes (airways) that carry the air that you breathe that carry the air that you breathe in and out. When you suffer from Asthma the airways become red and inflamed and sensitive. The inflammation causes the airways to become narrower as the surrounding muscles contract and produce mucus (phlegm,). This makes it harder to get air in and out of the lungs and produces the symptoms of asthma.
Asthma can occur at any age, some people suffer from it all the time and others only occasionally. There are 2 main types of treatment: relievers and preventers. Relievers are used when you have asthma symptoms. They relax the muscles around your airways, opening them up and allowing you to breathe more easily. The Preventers reduce the inflammation of the airways and so help to prevent your symptoms. They need to be taken every day whether you have symptoms or not. If you have severe asthma you may need short courses of steroid tablets. These are similar to the steroids produced naturally by your body. They are not anabolic steroids which athletes use.