Asthma is a common respiratory disease of varying severity; it appears to be on the increase especially in children. Treatment of asthma is often straightforward, and there are a variety of different devices and drugs available. The aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms; patients should not have regular symptoms if they are on appropriate treatment.
Whilst we do not specify time for an asthma clinic, the practice nurses run patient asthma checks and they and the doctors follow NICE guidelines, giving the patient the best treatment possible. The frequency of checks and the type of treatment depends upon the severity of the condition, and its response to treatment. If you are troubled by wheezing, persistent coughing, or feel that your asthma symptoms are troublesome please make an appointment to see the practice nurse. It is recommended that all asthmatics receive an annual influenza vaccine.