Community Guidelines

In general please post what you feel to be useful, accurate and constructive information or questions related to Asthma. It is impossible for Asthma UK or HealthUnlocked to confirm the validity of all posts in this community. Posts reflect the views and opinion of the author, not those of Asthma UK. If you feel that a post or message is questionable, you can notify an administrator of this forum using the 'report' button under each post.

Our community is a harmonious and respectful place. By being here you agree not to post any abusive, vulgar, obscene, hateful, slanderous, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so will lead to you being permanently restricted from this community and banned from HealthUnlocked. Note that all IP addresses are logged.

You agree that the Asthma UK and HealthUnlocked have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit.

Full terms and conditions of the Asthma UK forum can be found here:

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  • In addition to the above, please be advised that the Terms and Conditions of the Asthma UK forum are still in effect:

    These house rules help protect users and allow you to get the most out of the forums.

    By registering for our website and taking part in the discussions on the forums you agree to:

    Keep your messages civil, tasteful and relevant

    Maintain respect for other people

    Post your message under the relevant thread

    Use only one account to access the message boards - users creating multiple accounts will be suspended

    Be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others - something that you may consider acceptable may be offensive to others

    Be aware that protocols for managing asthma and dealing with acute exacerbations may vary vastly, particularly at the severe end of the spectrum- if your protocol is unusual, please exercise caution and judgment in posting about it to avoid giving others the impression that it is safe for them to behave in a similar way

    Read your posts before submitting them to the forum, considering the above point - writing on message boards is different to the spoken word, and a simple written comment may be unintentionally offensive to others

    Be patient and considerate of message board users who may be less able than you

    Avoid using "text speak" in your posts, as this can prove extremely difficult for users with dyslexia to understand

    Remember that boards are read by many different people of different ages and backgrounds; there may be children, the press, MPs and potential charity supporters accessing and reading - please ensure that your message is appropriate for anyone to read.

    And you agree not to:

    Use obscenity or insults

    'Flame' or attack people individually

    Post your message twice under different subtopics

    Publish email addresses, phone numbers, or other contact details in posts

    Allow other people to post to the forum using your account

    Post messages advertising commercial products or services: these will be deleted

    Post messages promoting any product that claims to cure asthma or reduce asthma symptoms. Any such post will be removed immediately by the moderator.

    Use the private messaging service to send multiple copies of the same message

    Post messages merely to tell everyone how ill you are: this is disrespectful to other message board users and goes against the nature of using the message board as a discussion forum

    Post messages to ask for participants for ANY research, be it asthma-related or not: Asthma UK insists on vetting all such requests, and so you should contact them via telephone or e-mail in the first instance

    Unlawful, harassing, defamatory, explicit, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive, or otherwise objectionable material is not acceptable and will be removed.

    Asthma UK's forums are for debate and discussion. Especially, they are not a suitable place to obtain medical advice in an emergency. If you feel unwell or need advice in an emergency situation, help should be obtained from one of the following sources:

    Your local GP service - either your surgery, or, if closed, the local out-of-hours centre; some regions also have NHS Walk-In Centres

    Dialling 999 for an emergency ambulance, or by going to your local Accident & Emergency department.

    Asthma UK's own guidance for what to do in an asthma attack.

    Any posts made requesting emergency advice will be removed so as to avoid causing upset to other message board users.

    Opinions expressed in the forums are users' own, not those of Asthma UK, and are in no way a substitute for medical advice.

    For the benefit of all users we operate a warning system for behaviour that does not adhere to the above rules. Warnings will be issued by a moderator, via the messaging system. If you receive three warnings your access to the message boards will be suspended. You will need to contact Asthma UK to ask them to consider reinstating your account in this instance.


    The forums are moderated by a team of volunteers who give up their time to ensure the message boards are a safe and friendly place to go for advice, information and support. The boards are moderated and reviewed daily; any postings that are deemed to be contrary to these terms and conditions will be edited, or, in the worst cases, deleted. All actions are logged.

    If an inappropriate message has been edited or removed, the moderators will leave a clear explanation as to why it has been changed - either in place of the original post or via the personal messaging system.

    At all times, the moderators' decision is final. If you disagree with a moderator's decision you can contact them via PM, or send an e-mail to No discussion into moderator decisions will be entered into with any member who was not the recipient of that decision.


    To post in the forums you must register for an Asthma UK web account and supply an email address. Asthma UK will not pass this on to any third party. You can choose to give your email address to another user if you wish.

    If you are under 18

    Get a parent or guardian's permission before posting in the forums

    Remember people on the internet may not be who they say they are

    Do not reveal any personal information about yourself (for example: your telephone number, home address or email address)

    Do not arrange to meet up with people you talk to on the internet

    Copyright and editing

    Information copyrighted or owned by any individual or entity other than the member should not be posted on the discussion forum without the consent of the owner. You may not violate, plagiarise, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights. If such an event occurs, the individual posting the information shall be held solely responsible. Asthma UK shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law.

    Asthma UK reserves the right to edit or remove a post which does not meet with the criteria outlined above and to ban any member of the forum.

    Asthma UK will not publish or provide your email address to anyone. We reserve the right to quote from your discussion forum posts in Asthma UK publications, appeals, press releases and other material. However, we promise to be sensitive in this effort. We will not republish anything you write that we think could be deemed personally endangering, inflammatory or embarrassing to you without your consent.

    Asthma UK complies with the 1998 Data Protection Act.

    If you have any concerns about posts or users in the forums, contact

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