SPECIALIST respiratory nurses will man an asthma information stand at Morrisons Supermarket in Arbroath next Friday (August 24) in bid to raise the public’s awareness.
Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects the airways causing the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs to narrow making breathing more difficult. It can develop at any age and more than five million adults and one million children in the UK receive treatment.
In Angus there are around 6,000 people on GP practice asthma registers.
Angus respiratory specialist nurses and representatives from the national charity Asthma UK will be manning the asthma awareness stand in Morrisons Supermarket between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
They will provide up-to-date asthma information and advice on the treatments and services available in Angus for people of all ages living with asthma. This will include what the symptoms of asthma are as well as what to do if someone is having an asthma attack.
Visitors to the stand will also be offered the opportunity to have their peak flow check which is a simple breath test and complete the Asthma Control Test to find out how well controlled their asthma is.
Symptoms of asthma include recurrent breathing problems such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. It is important to remember that asthma symptoms can vary from individual to individual and they can be worse at different times of the day or overnight and are affected by physical activities such as walking and climbing stairs.
There is no cure for asthma but there are a number of treatments that may help to alleviate and control symptoms. Most people control their asthma with the use of inhalers.
All GPs provide asthma care as part of their national contract so all surgeries provide asthma reviews and it is recommended that everyone with asthma has an annual review at their GP practice.
Maureen Fagan, lead respiratory specialist nurse for Angus Community Health Partnership, said: “Many people with asthma put up with symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath both of which can restrict their everyday activities.
“Friday is all about providing up-to-date information and advice on the treatments and services available for people with asthma in Angus as well as highlighting the positive message that with the correct treatment the vast majority of people who have this condition can live full active lives.”
For more information about asthma visit Asthma UK’s website www.asthma.org.uk