Most asthmatics will know what to do in the event of worsening symptoms. This generally involves monitoring your peak flow more closely, doubling the dosage of your preventer medication (usually your brown inhaler) and increasing the use of your reliever medication (usually your blue inhaler). The nurse will have discussed this with you at your regular asthma reviews.


Contact the doctor when the surgery is open if:

  • You need to use your reliever medication increasingly frequently in order to relieve or avoid symptoms.

You will usually be given an appointment to see the nurse. If you have kept a record of your peakflows, please bring these with you to your appointment.


Contact your doctor straight away if:

  • Your peak flow continues to fall despite following your agreed plan.

  • You become severely short of breath (eg difficulty eating or speaking in full sentences.