What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic medical condition that affects the lungs. Asthma is characterised by the inflammation and narrowing of the airways. This leads to periods of wheezing, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. While asthma can’t be cured, its symptoms can be managed with the help of medication. In the UK, 1 out of every 12 adults and 1 out of every 11 children suffer from asthma.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The most common asthma symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
While these symptoms have a number of causes, they’re likely to be asthma if they worsen at night and in the early morning, occur frequently, and happen in response to an asthma trigger, such as exercise or an allergen.
What causes asthma?
While the exact cause of asthma is unknown, the most common asthma triggers are exercise and allergens.
People with a family history of asthma are generally more at risk, as are people with related allergic conditions like eczema, food allergies or hay fever.
How can you treat asthma?
Asthma inhalers, or asthma pumps, are the most common form of asthma treatment. Asthma inhalers such as Ventolin or salbutamol, provide quick asthma relief by relaxing the breathing tubes. These are reliever inhalers, which are used once symptoms appear.
Preventer inhalers are used once or twice a day to prevent the onset of asthma. These are only typically recommended if you suffer from asthma symptoms more than twice a week.
It is vital that you are administering your inhalers for asthma in the right way.
As asthma can evolve over time, it is important to monitor your symptoms and ensure that your medication is still effective in managing your condition.
While there a combination of asthma management, the best course of treatment will depend on what you have agreed with your doctor individually.
What can you do to help prevent asthma?
The best way to prevent asthma is to know and avoid asthma triggers. Asthma prevention inhalers (brown inhalers) are used on a daily basis to help prevent exacerbations or asthma attacks.
Common asthma triggers include:
- Allergens such as dust, pollen or animal fur
- Infections - having a cold or flu can increase your chances of exhibiting asthma symptoms
- Medications - some medications, particularly over-the-counter painkillers can cause asthma symptoms to occur
- Sudden changes in temperature or extreme weather conditions such as really humid or windy days
- Living in a mouldy or damp home
- Food allergies
In addition to these triggers, if you are a smoker, quitting smoking is a crucial part of managing your asthma. It's important that you identify and understand your asthma triggers in order to help manage your asthma.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where can I buy Ventolin inhalers?
It is sometimes difficult to receive a same day doctor appointment. This makes it hard to obtain the prescription necessary to get an asthma inhaler. It is possible to obtain Ventolin online. Instant eCare allows you to both be prescribed and buy a Ventolin inhaler, which can be delivered the next day.
What are the most common asthma inhaler names?
There are many different types of asthma inhalers. The most commonly prescribed inhalers in the UK are ones featuring the active ingredient, salbutamol. This includes both Ventolin and the salbutamol inhaler.
What is the difference between the blue asthma inhaler and the brown asthma inhaler?
Typically, blue inhalers are reliever inhalers while brown inhalers are preventer inhalers. Blue inhalers are used as needed at the onset of asthma symptoms. Brown inhalers are used preventatively once or twice daily.
What is the difference between a Ventolin inhaler and a Salamol inhaler?
Ventolin inhalers and Salamol inhalers both use the active ingredient salbutamol. The main difference between the two inhalers is their brand name. Both of these inhalers will alleviate asthma symptoms such as a wheezy chest or wheezing cough.
What is a salbutamol inhaler?
Salbutamol is the active ingredient in many reliever inhalers, such as Ventolin. Salbutamol inhalers are non-brand name inhalers that feature the same active ingredient. Generic inhalers are more affordable than brand name inhalers.
What can you do if you have an asthma attack, but no inhaler?
Call 999 emergency services. While you wait for emergency medical assistance, there are steps you can take to ease your symptoms:
- Stay Calm - panicking can only worsen your symptoms
- If your asthma is being caused by a trigger, make sure to get away from it
- Sit up right - being hunched over can further restrict your breathing
- Take deep breaths - slowing down your breathing is key and can prevent hyperventilation
- Drink a hot, caffeinated beverage - these can help open up the airways
If your symptoms persist, you need to seek medical assistance.
Why do you prescribe the Ventolin Evohaler and salbutamol inhaler over other asthma treatments?
Salbutamol and Ventolin inhalers offer effective and affordable asthma treatment.
What are some side effects of using a reliever asthma inhaler?
Reliever inhalers typically don’t pose a risk of side effects as they are very safe to use. However, some users do report experiencing mild side effects immediately after using their inhalers. These include: mild shaking of the hands, headaches, muscle cramps, and a quickened or pounding heartbeat. These side effects do not pose any long-term risks and typically pass in a matter of minutes.