People with Asthma have over sensitive airways that react to triggers that don’t affect other people.
Asthma can be triggered by allergens, cold and flu symptoms, weather changes such as cold and dry air. A person’s asthma triggers cause their airway to tighten and partially close up. This makes it hard for a person to breath in and even harder to breathe out.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a form of lung damage that causes coughing and breathlessness. This includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The damage of COPD is permanent but there are measures to prevent it from getting worse. The best way to stop getting more damage is to stop smoking and there are medications you can take to relieve your symptoms.
At Family Doctors at Smales our nurses work in conjunction with the doctors:
- Can assist you with diagnosing asthma and COPD
- Advise on education, support and monitoring with patient’s with Asthma and COPD
- Smoking cessation advice, treatment and support
- Advise you on how to use a spacer that is more effective with your asthma and COPD inhalers.