We've seen an increase in the volume of people asking for medical advice via these forums, as well as an increased number of reported posts along the same subject. We wanted to step in an re-iterate some of our guidelines regarding the forum.
Asthma UK's forums are for debate and discussion. They are not a suitable place to obtain medical advice in place of consulting a medical professional. If you feel unwell or need advice, 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
- The Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800. Our lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and is staffed by asthma nurse specialists. They will be able to give you advice specific to your triggers, medications, and any other aspects of your asthma that are unique to you. Calls to the Helpline are charged at a local rate. Calling the Helpline should cost no more than any 01 or 02 number, and will count towards any inclusive minutes in a phone contract.
- If you would rather email than call our nurses, you can do so via this contact form: asthma.org.uk/advice/resour...
- Asthma UK also offers guidance on asthma in the Health Advice section of our websiote located here: asthma.org.uk/advice/
- In an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance, or by going to your local Accident & Emergency department.
Opinions expressed in the forums are users' own, not those of Asthma UK, and are in no way a substitute for medical advice.