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Asthma

Treat asthma symptoms with effective inhaler medication

Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects around 5.4 million people in the UK. Inhalers are an effective asthma medication that come in the form of 'preventers' and 'relievers'. It is always advised to carry an inhaler in case of emergency.

At HealthExpress, we offer both reliever and preventer inhalers for puchase, once you have completed a free online consultation.

Dr. Sarah Donald
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Ventolin Evohaler 100mcg salbutamol sulfate inhaler
Ventolin 4.9(840 Reviews)
  • 1 inhaler for £10.99
  • Relieves symptoms fast
  • Evoholer and Accuhaler
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Prices start from £10.99
Pack of 1 Clenil Modulite 100 micrograms per actuation pressurised inhalation solution
Clenil Modulite 4.7(50 Reviews)
  • Effective preventative inhaler
  • Reduce airway inflammation
  • Available in multiple dosages
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Prices start from £15.99
Pack of Flixotide Accuhaler and Evohaler
Flixotide 4.6(20 Reviews)
  • Preventative treatment
  • Accuhaler or Evohaler inhaler
  • Used daily to relieve symptoms
  • Preventer inhalers should be taken every day as prescribed even if you aren't experiencing symptoms.
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Prices start from £16.99
Pulmicort Turbohaler (budesonide) 200mcg
Pulmicort 4.9(7 Reviews)
  • Preventative inhaler
  • Effective daily treatment
  • Long-term asthma option
  • Preventer inhalers should be taken every day as prescribed even if you aren't experiencing symptoms.
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Prices start from £23.99
Pack of Qvar 50 Aerosol and Qvar 100 Autohaler
Qvar 4.3(6 Reviews)
  • Preventative inhaler
  • Effective symptom relief
  • Autohaler, Aerosol and Easi-breathe
  • Preventer inhalers should be taken every day as prescribed even if you aren't experiencing symptoms.
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Prices start from £19.99
Pack of Seretide 250 Evohaler and Seretide 100 Accuhaler
Seretide 4.5(10 Reviews)
  • Effective daily use inhaler
  • Used to prevent asthma
  • Multiple dosages available
  • Combination inhalers should be taken every day, as prescribed, even when you're feeling well.
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Prices start from £48.99
Symbicort Turbuhaler (100/6 inhalation powder)
Symbicort 4.8(23 Reviews)
  • Preventing asthmatic symptoms
  • To be taken on a daily basis
  • Available online with free delivery
  • Preventer inhalers should be taken every day as prescribed even if you aren't experiencing symptoms.
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Prices start from £39.99
Pack of Atrovent Inhaler CFC-Free 20 micrograms/actuation pressurised inhalation solution
Atrovent 4.7(18 Reviews)
  • Preventative inhaler treatment
  • Can treat asthma and COPD
  • Free online consultation and delivery
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Prices start from £16.99
Serevent 5(2 Reviews)
  • Preventative inhaler treatment
  • Can be used for asthma and COPD
  • Free consultation and delivery
  • Preventer inhalers should be taken every day as prescribed even if you aren't experiencing symptoms.
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Prices start from £41.99
Pack of 1 Salamol CFC-Free Inhaler of 100 micrograms pressurised inhalation suspension
Salamol 4.8(18 Reviews)
  • Fast relief from symptoms
  • Used for asthma and COPD
  • Same ingredient as Ventolin
  • Use your reliever inhaler as soon as you notice asthma symptoms.
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Prices start from £9.99
Pack of 1 Bricanyl Turbohaler 0.5mg/dose inhalation powder
Bricanyl 4.2(19 Reviews)
  • Can be used for bronchitis and emphysema
  • Quick short-term relief for asthma
  • Consultation and delivery included
  • Use your reliever inhaler as soon as you notice asthma symptoms.
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Prices start from £18.99

What is asthma?

Asthma is an extremely common health condition. It affects approximately 5.4 million people here in the UK, 50% of which are children. A long-term - otherwise known as chronic - respiratory disease that tends to develop during childhood, symptoms can ease over time, however they will never completely disappear.

If you have asthma, you will find that certain triggers leave you wheezing, breathless and tired. These triggers can vary massively from person to person. Your airways - the bronchioles - are very sensitive, and can become inflamed through various causes including exercise, dust, any allergies or even the quality of air and surrounding pollution all depending on the individual in question. You may also form a build-up of mucus, making it even harder to breath the oxygen in, and the carbon dioxide out.

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As you can imagine, an immune reaction can severely constrict and reduce airflow, making it a serious condition if not managed properly.

Luckily, there are treatments easily available regardless of whether the condition is exercise-induced, provoked by allergies or smoke related. Therefore, if you suffer from any of these forms of asthma, it can be effectively managed and improved over time.

What is COPD?

COPD, medically known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is similar to asthma in the sense that it is a condition that affects the lungs. The term used for diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways and it can be prevented with the same treatments as asthma including inhalers, medicines and lifestyle changes. Typical symptoms include breathlessness, a persistent cough, frequent chest infections and phlegm, all of which can be confused with asthma however the symptoms are often more severe.

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What are the main causes of asthma?

Despite how common asthma is, not much is known about how the condition develops. Some research has shown that you can be born with a predisposition, making it highly likely that you will develop asthma at some point. There has also been a link to the condition being hereditary, although it is more likely that additional lifestyle and birthing factors have contributed instead. Possible causes of asthma include:

Causes of bronchial Asthma

If you think you have asthma, then you can visit your doctor's surgery, or complete our simple and free online consultation to determine what treatment you may need if you have already been diagnosed. At the doctors, your GP will be able to carry out a number of simple tests to determine whether you A) have asthma and B) what possible treatment and prevention you need. The tests can include spirometry, a peak expiratory flow rate test and an airway responsiveness test. All tests are aimed at determining how well your lungs are functioning.

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  • Bronchitis
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  • Smoking during pregnancy
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  • Premature births
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  • Allergic reactions
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  • Environmental pollutants
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  • Hereditary factors

What are the various asthma triggers?

There are a number of triggers dependent on the individual, however the outcome seldom differs with the vast majority of sufferers all experiencing shortness of breath.

Your condition could be caused by one or a number of these triggers. Keeping a mental or physical note of these will help you manage any distorting symptoms, however most find any extremely adaptable. A number of symptoms if not prevented include; breathlessness, wheezing and coughing:


A good indicator of which triggers affect you the most is your peak flow that can be measured during rest points in comparison to when you feel breathless. A peak flow monitor is simply a tube with figures listed vertically. A sharp exhale into the tube moves the pin, allowing you to check how your lungs are doing. The level you should be at varies depending on age, gender, height and what specific triggers you have. Many asthmatics keep a peak flow diary or 'asthma plan' to keep on top of their progress.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms tend to be very similar from person-to-person, even if your triggers are different. In terms of lifestyle choices, it makes sense to adjust to improve your overall level of health. For example, quitting smoking will benefit you in all aspects, not just if you are an asthmatic.

It can be particularly frustrating when exercising, especially if you enjoy it, or as yet another symptom of hay fever on top of the runny nose and watery eyes. With severe asthma symptoms, you may find it difficult climbing stairs, walking long distances or short bursts of running - if you're running late for the train for example. Asthma sufferers often experience all of these symptoms:

  • symptoms Breathlessness
  • symptoms Wheezing
  • symptoms Tightness in the chest
  • symptoms Coughing
  • symptoms Light-headedness

These symptoms can eventually progress into an asthma attack, therefore it is vital that your asthma symptoms are controlled using effective treatments or medicines to ensure that something like this can be avoided. You can find out more information on how to avoid an attack by looking at our 'What can you do if you have an asthma attack?' section below.

What is an asthma attack?

What is the difference between typical wheezing and an asthma attack? Other than your symptoms of asthma attack being far more severe, the smallest tubes connected to your lungs narrow and contract, limiting your oxygen levels even further. If you are having an attack, you will most likely have additional mucus also.

But how can you can you tell if you're on the verge on an attack? These are the five solid indicators:

  • If your symptoms are prolonged and getting worse
  • If you're having difficulty speaking, drinking and sleeping
  • If your breathing rate increases
  • If you can't breath in without maximum effort
  • If your reliever isn't helping in the slightest, especially after four hours

We have more details on dealing with an asthma attack just below.

How can asthma be managed?

As well as avoiding your particular trigger(s), the most effective way to treat asthma is through oral medications known as preventers and relievers, aka inhalers. There are other methods to relieve asthma symptoms (such as a cough) including keeping smoke-free, taking care of seasonal allergies and getting vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia. All of these alternate options can be seen in more detail in the section below.

Inhalers are an essential in the bag, purse or pocket of any asthmatic and have been proven in clinical studies to be the most effective method, especially at successfully preventing asthma attacks. Even if your symptoms are mild, getting treatment to avert a potentially more serious attack could be lifesaving. For example, fitness fanatics should always be carrying a suitable in-date reliever inhaler to the gym, and keeping a decent stash during cold season is advised.

If you require both preventers and relievers, certain medications can be taken separately (Qvar and Ventolin for example) and you can also get combined treatment, including Seretide. These are also available in various dosages dependant on the severity of your condition.

What are the benefits of treating asthma?

  • Reduced asthmatic symptoms

    less prevalance of wheezing, coughing, breathlessness etc

  • Reduced reliance on relievers

    treating this condition can lessen the usage of a reliever inhaler in the long term

  • Increased control/management

    better lung function and normal activity levels can be achieved through effective management

  • Prevent asthma attacks

    this would reduce frequent emergency trips to the hospital

What can you do if you have an asthma attack?

If you have asthma, chances are you're well aware of your triggers and an impending attack. Every asthma sufferer knows the importance of carrying all the medication they need just in case of emergencies to manage their asthma attack. Basically you've got it covered. But here are some additional steps to give you the best chance possible of avoiding an attack:

Asthma Most importantly, STAY CALM Continue using your reliever inhaler if the ambulance/further aid is more than 15 minutes away DON'T lie down - sit up Use your reliever inhaler (usually blue) frequently - once or twice a minute depending on the severity for a maximum of 10 puffs If your breathing hasn't improved, call for back up! Dial 999

What treatment options do we offer for asthma?

At HealthExpress, we can help you successfully manage your asthma with a wide range of effective treatments, including oral medication and inhalers, as well as offering additional advice and support. These treatments ensure that you are able to control asthma symptoms, which can in severe cases, potentially lead to asthma attacks. Most commonly, asthma treatment will involve inhalers, which come in two groups, preventers or relievers. Preventers are recommended for daily use and aim to reduce airway sensitivity, swelling and mucous production in response to irritants. Relievers, such as Ventolin, relax and open airways during an attack. Sometimes a reliever as well as a preventer can be used during an attack to help deal with the obstruction as well as the inflammation. Both forms of treatment are available to buy at HealthExpress.

Our service is quick, confidential and tailored to your lifestyle, so you can receive your usual asthma treatment within just 24 hours of ordering. The process is simple; complete our no obligation consultation within minutes, which will be sent to our doctors. Once your consultation has been approved, the prescription is sent directly to our UK based pharmacy where your treatment will be prepared ready for free next day delivery.

What are the most common asthma treatments?

Most commonly asthma treatment will involve inhalers, which come in two groups, preventers or relievers. Preventers are recommended for daily use and aim to reduce airway sensitivity, swelling and mucous production in response to irritants. Relievers, such as Ventolin, relax and open airways during an attack. Sometimes a reliever as well as a preventer can be used during an attack to help deal with the obstruction as well as the inflammation. Both forms of treatment are available to buy at HealthExpress.

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