Health

How is asthma treated?

Asthma is managed in a number of ways, both in terms of prevention, and relief, of symptoms. Treatment for asthma develops all the time as researchers find new ways of managing this common but potentially life-threatening condition. Patients needn’t always go to their GP for medicine and will be able to source some medication online. Today it’s possible to buy Ventolin online (UK suppliers).

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lung condition that can cause difficulty breathing as the breathing tubes that take air to and from the lungs become inflamed. The condition can affect anyone of any age, but more commonly starts in childhood. The exact causes of asthma are still unknown, although there are a number of risk factors including family history of asthma or other atopic conditions (such as eczema), being atopic yourself, childhood bronchitis, childhood exposure to tobacco smoke, being born prematurely or having a low birth weight.

What are the treatment options for Asthma?

There is no actual cure for asthma and it is treated by being managed, rather than cured. While it cannot be ‘cured’, some children will naturally grow out of having the condition. One of the simplest treatments for asthma is discovering the triggers and avoiding them. For some people, stress or laughter can be a trigger, for others, allergic reactions can. Avoiding the triggers is just one element of the management of the condition and those with asthma will usually be prescribed with two inhalers.

Inhalers are the most common form of medical treatment. Inhalers for asthma fall into two categories: reliever and preventer. Reliever inhalers are used in a reactionary capacity and usually contain medication such as Salbutamol, a bronchodilator medication sold and distributed under the brand name, Ventolin. Today it’s possible for some patients to buy Ventolin online from a UK supplier, without going to their GP, which can save time and be a more convenient option. Reliever inhalers are used in the short-term when someone with asthma is having difficulty breathing (e.g an asthma attack). A preventer inhaler, on the other hand, is used regularly, often daily, to reduce inflammation of the breathing tubes that essentially cause any breathing difficulties. Preventer inhalers usually contain a steroidal medication and can also be bought online. In the UK, preventer inhalers are usually brown or sometimes orange or pink, while reliever inhalers are usually blue.

Those with asthma should regularly consult their GP and can use the NHS website or the Asthma UK charity website for further support and advice.