Asthma Update

Asthma Update

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, in which airway inflammation contributes to airway hyper responsiveness, airflow limitation, respiratory symptoms, and disease chronicity. In 2011, 5.4 million people in the UK were having treatment for asthma; the cost of asthma to the NHS is around a billion pounds per year. Most of these costs are associated with accident and emergency attendances, both elective and non-elective admissions to hospital, and treatment costs. There may also be costs associated with a reduced capacity to work and social care costs for those people whose quality of life is severely affected by asthma.

With an increasing incidence of Asthma due to environmental factors such as air pollution, it is important for clinicians to be able to make fast and accurate diagnoses. An accurate diagnosis means that treatment can be tailored and the condition controlled more effectively. This, in turn provides the patient with a better long-term outcome.

A Niox Vero device is the latest technology being used that accurately measures the fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) levels in the breath and helps clinicians to make more accurate and speedy assessments of the patientsā€™ needs. Using a Niox Vero device takes 6 seconds for children and 10 seconds for adults! It can only be used for children over the age of 6. Basically, it directly measures airway inflammation and therefore allows clinicians to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment. For example, the type of inhaler or steroid to prescribe. Other commonly used tests to monitor lung function in patients with asthma are spirometry tests. However, these types of tests indirectly measure asthma compared to the Niox Vero which measures actual inflammation. There are many exercises that can be used to reduce inflammation, as well as improveĀ lung capacity.

 

Contact us at Silver Physio to see how we can teach you strategies to best manange your Asthma, as well as prevent acute infections on 0203 637 8988 or drop us an email on office@silverphysio.co.uk