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DOCTOR CALLING: Raising awareness of asthma

By Spalding Today Columnist

Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups are raising awareness of asthma, a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

Over five million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: there are 1.1million children (one in 11) and 4.3million adults (one in 12) who suffer from this condition. Asthma prevalence is thought to have plateaued since the late 1990s, although the UK still has some of the highest rates in Europe, and on average three people a day die from asthma.

Asthma inhaler (12628412)
Asthma inhaler (12628412)

The severity of asthma symptoms vary from person to person. However, asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.

Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. This is known as an asthma attack, although doctors sometimes use the term exacerbation. Severe attacks may require hospital treatment and can be life threatening, although this is unusual.

If you think that you or your child may have asthma, speak to your GP. You should also talk to your GP or asthma nurse if you have been diagnosed with asthma and you are finding it difficult to control your symptoms.

Dr Kevin Hill (12629631)
Dr Kevin Hill (12629631)

While there is no cure for asthma, there are a number of treatments that can help control the condition and more information can be found by visiting www.nhs.uk


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