Airedale nurses to be on hand to offer asthma advice
To celebrate World Asthma Day the respiratory nurses from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust will be at Tesco supermarket in Skipton on Tuesday 1 May from 1pm – 6.30pm to offer advice and check asthma control and inhaler technique for asthmatic patients.
Asthma is a long-term condition of the airways which affects approximately 5.4 million people in the UK. Those with asthma have ‘sensitive’ airways that are inflamed and ready to react when they come into contact with something they don’t like. These reactions cause the airways to become narrower and irritated – making it difficult to breathe and leading to asthma symptoms, such as chest tightness, wheezing, or coughing.
Many people who have the condition believe that their asthma is well controlled but it is important to have regular reviews as Colette Scully, Community Respiratory Nurse Specialist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust explains:
“Sadly people are still dying from the condition every year because sufferers do not use their inhaler as prescribed or attend their annual asthma review at their GP practice.
Anyone with asthma who is waking earlier than normal, has a cough during the day or night or is relying on their blue (salbutamol) reliever inhaler up to 3 times per week does not have good control and should see their practice nurse for a review.”
The reassuring fact is that most people with asthma who get the right treatment – and take it correctly – can manage their symptoms and get on with what they want to do in life.
For further information or resources on how to manage your asthma go to: www.asthma.org.uk