What is Asthma ?

Asthma affects people of all ages! This condition causes narrowing of your airways, which means less air can get into your lungs, and this causes difficulty breathing. For some people the asthma is because of an allergy (this is common in young children especially), or other irritants which can make your airways inflamed.


Symptoms of Asthma


The usual symptoms of asthma are

  • coughing

  • wheezing

  • shortness of breath

  • tightness in the chest


Not everyone will experience this symptoms all the time. It really varies between different people, how well the asthma is managed, and how sensitive you are to the triggers!


Treating Asthma


Although asthma cannot be cured, it is very easy to manage! Most of time time inhalers are used to help keep the airways open, but there are many different types, and so a management plan will be designed to suit your needs! It is important that you keep this up, even if you feel fine, as it will stop your symptoms being worse at a later stage.


Living with Asthma

It may be a good idea to start keeping a diary when your asthma gets worse, this will help you to recognise any patterns- then you know what you should avoid! A Peak flow meter is given to all asthma patients. This is simply a tube that you can blow into to see how well your lungs are working. This will help you identify when you are not doing so great, and can help you find out our triggers (ie around pets, after exercise, if you are stressed etc)



Asthma: An Animation


USEFUL LINKS

Asthma Society UK:

http://www.asthma.org.uk/

NHS Choices: 

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/Pages/Introduction.aspx?url=Pages/What-is-it.aspx



More detailed patient information:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/asthma