A warning has been given by a charity to around a million people with asthma in the UK due to the overuse of reliever inhalers.
Preventer inhalers should be used every day to keep down inflammation and swelling in the airways and prevent someone from having an asthma attack, while a reliever inhaler, which is usually blue, should be used when someone has asthma symptoms like coughing and wheezing.
A poll from the charity found that 21% are using at least six reliever inhalers a year – triple the amount experts suggest.
Additionally, the survey of 8,300 people from across the UK with asthma found that 70% missed out on getting the three elements of basic asthma care from their GP or asthma nurse – an inhaler technique check, a written asthma plan and an annual review.
“We are urging the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to update its guidelines for healthcare professionals so that relievers are no longer prescribed without preventative treatment and we need to see an urgent increase in basic care such as yearly asthma reviews and inhaler technique checks so people are better equipped to manage their symptoms and use their inhalers effectively.”