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Asthma attacks can be painful, frightening and dangerous. Asthmatics tend to rely excessively on asthma inhalers, like the Salbutamol-based Ventolin inhaler, to try to avoid regular attacks.

The problem with this strategy is that an asthma spray cures an attack in the short-term and is effective for a few hours. However, if you suffer from chronic asthma, then you have to see a doctor and start proper long-term treatment. The earlier you start this treatment, the more chance you have of curing your asthma for good and avoiding future attacks.

If you do not opt for a sound treatment of asthma, chances are that the condition will get worse in the long term.

If you are simply looking for a repeat prescription for an asthma inhaler, you can complete our online assessment and order your “blue inhaler”. Then, if suitable, our doctors will send the e-prescription to our partner pharmacy that will dispatch you the medication.

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Early symptoms of asthma

If you know that you suffer from chronic asthma, you should always make sure that you are carrying an asthma inhaler as well as a decongestant in case zou suffer an asthma attack. Most importantly, you must consider starting long-term treatment for your condition.

Early symptoms of asthma include a feeling of tightness or shrinking in the chest as well as dry cough. Overall you’ll feel like you can’t get enough air and your breathing may produce a rattling noise.

A severe or acute asthma attack will show the same symptoms but more intensely: from severe shortness of breath, heavy & noisy breathing to blueness of the lips and nails. In some cases, especially when an inhaler isn’t found in time, some people may also lose consciousness.

What causes asthma attacks - Looking out for asthma triggers

Asthma is the result of an inflammation of the bronchial tubes (airways in the lungs) that causes airways to become much narrower as they swell (internally). The narrow space that is left for air to travel through, is then hardly enough to renew the oxygen in the lungs.

Asthma triggers are rather diverse and include allergens (if you suffer from allergic asthma) such as pollen and dust, but also other irritating substances. This is why asthma can also be triggered by cigarette smoke and pollution.

Prevention and chronic asthma therapy

If you haven’t been treated for asthma, you shouldn’t be lured into thinking that just because you haven’t had an attack in weeks or months it might not happen again. Asthma will sometimes only be triggered when a combination of factors happen at the same time, e.g. being ill during a pollution peak or doing an intense effort in a dusty environment.

For people suffering from allergic asthma attacks, you must consider a desensitization therapy that will help your body better cope with allergens that cause your condition.

In the long-term the idea is to make your body become less sensitive to what causes asthma in your case. This will reduce the inflammation over time (i.e. wider bronchial tubes) and improve your lung function. An asthma attack cannot be totally prevented, but the therapy will make it much less likely to happen, and if it does, it will probably become much milder too.

Therapy

For short-term effective treatments for an attack, you mostly have the choice between beta-2-agonists (i.e. the classic salbutamol inhaler, including Ventolin®) or short-acting anticholinergics (containing bromide). These block the nervous system acting on the muscles around the bronchi, causing them to relax and allowing the airways to expand.

However, their mode of action is somewhat slower than that of beta 2-agonists.

Another option is that of xanthine derivatives which also affect the muscles of the bronchi (airways). They are usually taken as an additional medication to support another short-acting therapy. In cases of acute asthma attacks, cortisone pills may also be used.

On the whole there are different treatments for different types of asthma. The salbutamol inhaler (beta 2-agonist often sold as Ventolin) can be used as a short-acting inhaler but also as a long-acting treatment.

A therapy using an antileukotriene treatment can effectively control the inflammation for both induced and spontaneous asthma (i.e. with or without specific  trigger). Cortisone via inhaler is a very effective treatment in more severe cases. It can also be prescribed in tablets for acute asthma problems.

Asthma spray for long-term therapy?

If you suspect that you are suffering from asthma or if you’ve recently had an attack, you must see a doctor as early as possible since early treatment is crucial to the long-term treatment of the condition.

Asthma sprays (or inhalers) have been used for decades in the long-term treatment of asthma, and even if new cortisone-based treatments seem better suited than inhalers for certain people, they remain one of the most common medications. The only downside is that you have to take two to three doses per day for the whole period of your treatment.

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