Make sure you see your GP or asthma nurse about your asthma:
- within 24 hours if asthma symptoms have been getting worse, you need to use your reliever inhaler three or more times a week, or you've had an asthma attack
- within two working days if you've had to go to hospital with an asthma attack
- within four to eight weeks if your prescription has changed
- after 12 weeks if you've had no symptoms. You should be on the lowest dose of medicine needed to keep you free of symptoms. Depending on your triggers and the pattern of your symptoms, you and your GP or asthma nurse can talk about keeping you on the same dose of medicines or reducing your dose
- if you have seasonal triggers like hay fever. Go the month before your hay fever usually starts. Managing hay fever symptoms is an important way of managing your asthma. Your GP or asthma nurse may also increase your asthma treatment beforehand to provide extra protection
- if you want to talk about having a flu jab in the autumn.
If you're still in doubt, or you don’t feel satisfied with your review, call the Asthma UK Helpline and talk to an experienced asthma nurse specialists: 0300 222 5800 (9am-5pm; Mon-Fri).