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Is asthma curable?

10th June 2020

With coronavirus still circling and respiratory illnesses more in the spotlight than ever, you may be wondering if asthma is curable. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for asthma, however it can be correctly managed with the right medication and care plan.

How treat asthma

Unlike some conditions or ailments, treating asthma is very rarely one-size-fits-all and it requires proper care and management to get the condition under control.

Most asthma treatments come in the form of inhalers, which are small plastic devices that help you to administer medicine into the lungs. They are typically categorized in to two options; reliever inhalers and preventer inhalers.

Reliever inhalers

The role of a reliever inhaler is to treat attacks of breathlessness and to open the airways to make it easier for you to breathe. They are also often referred to as emergency inhalers, as they are designed to be used as and when you need them, as opposed to on a regular dose or regime.

Reliever inhalers contain the medicine Salbutamol, which is a beta agonist bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the smooth muscle in the airways, allowing more air to flow in and out and making it easier to breathe. Reliever inhalers are most often known by their brand names Ventolin and Salamol, or often just by their blue colour. 

Preventer inhalers

On the other hand, the role of a preventer inhaler is to try and stop future attacks of breathlessness from happening. These contain steroid medication that reduce inflammation and swelling in the airways. Unlike preventer inhalers, they do not work instantly and their effectiveness is built over time. They should not be relied upon in an emergency.

Most people with asthma (or COPD) will rely on both types of inhaler to keep their condition well-managed. It’s essential to always have a reliever inhaler for use when needed, but if you’re using it too often then it’s likely that your preventer inhaler isn’t doing its job properly. In this case, you would need to have your care plan reviewed by your doctor or nurse.

If you’re looking for a supply of your reliever or preventer inhaler then you can view our wide range and have them delivered to your door. Without the need for an existing prescription, UK Meds can deliver your medicine following a successful online consultation.