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Although asthma can’t be cured it can be well controlled with medication, usually administered in the form of inhalers.

Why you might need it

If you have asthma your airways or bronchi, which are hollow tubes that help transport air in and out of the lung, become inflamed and very sensitive. This leads to a contraction of the smooth muscle in the wall of the airway and consequently narrowing of the airway. The inflammation can also result in the build up of mucus within the centre of the airway and increased triggering of cough receptors.

Symptoms include wheezing and a tight chest. As the airways narrow this can lead a high-pitched whistling sound or wheezing and to difficulty in moving air in and out of the lung, which causes breathlessness.

Asthma can develop for the first time in people of all ages. It is more commonly associated with allergy (atopic asthma) in children than in adults. Around a third of children with asthma will go on to have asthma as an adult. Approximately 5.4 million people in the UK receive treatment for asthma, which is the equivalent of one in 12 adults and one in 11 children.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-speciality surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

 

Before your treatment

In order to diagnose asthma, doctors assess patients’ symptoms, clinical examination findings such as wheeze and they can use breathing measurements such as spirometry and a patient’s diary of home peak flow measurements.

Preparing for your treatment

We have tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

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Your consultant will give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your procedure.

The procedure

Although asthma can’t be cured it can be well controlled with medication. This is usually administered in the form of inhalers.

One type of medication used are smooth muscle relaxants, which open up the narrowed airways, such as Salbutamol. However this only works for a few hours before its benefits wear off.

The other important medication is inhaled corticosteroids, which are taken regularly, usually twice a day, as a preventative treatment. This is an anti-inflammatory medication and so really targets the root of the problem.

Aftercare

Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After asthma tests your consultant will be available for follow up appointments to monitor your condition. Your results will also be referred back to your GP who can manage your ongoing treatment plan if requested. ​

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

How much does it cost?

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

You can trust Spire South Bank Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.

(1) Important: Please read Spire’s terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself.

(2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.