– Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties. It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also appear for the first time in adults. Asthma is caused by inflammation (swelling) of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. Some people, particularly children, may eventually grow out of asthma. However, for others it is a lifelong condition.
The main symptoms of asthma are:
- Wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
- At tight chest – which may feel like a band is tightening around it
The severity of the symptoms varies from person to person. They usually come and go, but for some people they are more persistent.
There is currently no cure for asthma, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it doesn’t have a significant impact on your life.
Due to your condition and any medication you are taking, it is important that you have a check-up each year. To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday.
Your annual review will be carried out by a Practice Nurse.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I have more than one condition which needs a yearly check-up.
Can I have a single check-up for everything?
Yes. You may need to book a longer appointment with the Practice Nurse. Your nurse will indicate below what length appointment is needed for your combination of conditions.
You will NOT be contacted to remind you that your check-up is due. Near your birthday, please call Portcullis GP Surgery on:
01584 872 939 after 10:00am and make an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your condition. Please book appointment length.