Asthma is a common respiratory condition. It's caused by inflammation in the lungs, particularly in the smaller airways (bronchioles) and air sacs (alveoli). It can develop at any age from birth.
Symptoms may be constant or come and go, varying in severity over time. They can include shortness of breath, chest tightness and a whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out. In some cases, a sudden onset severe symptoms can lead to asthma attacks, which can be life-threatening.
Asthma causes & triggers
Asthma can run in families and although no clear cause has been established, genetics, pollution and modern hygiene standards have been suggested to play a role. Asthma triggers include dust mites, pollen, cold weather and exercise – these make asthma symptoms worse.
Asthma prevention & treatment
There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it can be managed and the symptoms can be controlled. Identify and avoid your asthma triggers, get vaccinated for flu, monitor your breathing and ensure you have the correct inhalers.
A daily preventer inhaler can manage symptoms, while a reliever inhaler can be used if your asthma flares up or you feel an asthma attack coming on. Inhalers must be used as prescribed, according to the action plan agreed with your doctor.
Our asthma clinic
You can order Ventolin reliever inhalers (containing salbutamol), which are designed to help during asthma attacks by opening your airways. You can also order preventer inhalers (to be used every day to help prevent asthma attacks).
When you request a prescription, we'll ask you a series of questions as part of our online consultation. Your answers will be reviewed to ensure that the medicine and dose we prescribe is safe and suitable for you to take. Inhalers are available for either delivery or same-day collection.
Please note we are unable to help you in an emergency. If you are short of breath, or require urgent assistance please call 999 or NHS 111.