The Asthma Control Test

Determining how well you manage your asthma

The Asthma Control Test is a simple set of questions devised by medical professionals. It helps you to determine how well you are currently managing your asthma, allowing you to gain an accurate picture of your condition. 

 

What is Asthma? 

Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition which affects the lungs. It causes the lungs to become easily irritated and the airways to tighten, resulting in breathing difficulties. The symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest tightness. Typically, people will develop asthma during childhood but it can affect any age group. 

 

How does the asthma control test help? 

If you have asthma, you will usually have regular review appointments with your doctor to ensure that your condition is under control. They may want to measure your breathing and record your peak flow to get an idea of how well your lungs are functioning. Between these appointments however, you might experience an increase in your symptoms and find that you're using your inhaler more often than usual. The Asthma Control Test will identify whether or not your asthma is under control and can indicate if you need to see your doctor to review your current medication. 

 

Where can I do the asthma control test? 

The Asthma Control Test is accessed easily online: https://www.asthmacontroltest.com/ 

You'll be asked to select your region and age before being given 5 questions to answer. At the end it will show your result and advise you what to do if necessary. The test is free and can be done as often as you like.

If you are ever unsure about your current treatment or are worried about your symptoms, always seek advice from your doctor.  

 

How is asthma treated? 

Inhalers are the primary method of treatment for asthma. They allow you to breathe the medicine in, taking it straight to the lungs. There are three main types of inhaler: 

 

  • Reliever: Sambutemol inhalers are blue in colour and are used for immediate relief of symptoms. They are also used to treat asthma attacks. We have these available to order online from £7.75. 
  • Preventer: These type of inhalers contain steroids and are used daily to prevent asthma symptoms from being triggered. They cannot be used for instant relief. Order online from £25.25. 
  • Combination: Combination inhalers contain two types of medicine which provide both immediate relief and prevention of symptoms. These might be given to patients who have a hard time controlling their asthma. Find out what combination inhalers we have available: https://www.drfelix.co.uk/treatment/seretide-accuhaler/ 

 

Sources

Asthma Control Test> https://www.asthmacontroltest.com/

NHS> Living with Asthma: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/living-with/

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