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 these symptoms all the time. It really varies between different people, how well the asthma is managed, and how sensitive you are to the triggers! Please refer to the links opposite.


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!



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