Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your airways. It affects about 5 million people in the UK.

Most people with asthma who receive the right treatment – and take it correctly – can control their symptoms and lead normal lives. But it is potentially serious.

Please see here for a really hepful, plain-English explanation about what Asthma is.

If you smoke and you have Asthma, your symptoms will undoubtedly improve (they may settle completely) if you stop smoking. You can get help with this if you have decided you are going to stop - most pharmacies have a smoke-stop programme or click here for LiveWell Dorset.

If you have Asthma, this will be reviewed annually (in the month of your birthday) as part of your Annual Long Term Condition (LTC) Review. Keep an eye out for the invitation in the month leading up to your birthday. This will help us to ensure your medications are reviewed and reauthorised ahead of time. If you think your Asthma is getting worse or you are having a flare-up, please call reception to make an appointment.

Useful Resources

NHS - Asthma
Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Asthma.

Asthma UK
This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it

British Lung Foundation
What is asthma? What causes it? How is it diagnosed, treated and managed?