What is asthma?
Asthma is a condition that affects the airways. It causes increased mucus production in the airways and makes it harder to draw air into your lungs.
How common is asthma?
5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The usual symptoms of asthma are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.
Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time; a few people may experience these symptoms all the time.
How is asthma treated?
Although there's no cure for asthma, there are effective medicines for asthma that allow most people to control their asthma so that is doesn't interfere with daily life.
Different inhalers are available for different aspects of asthma, there are inhalers that you use every day to keep your airways open to air, and then there are inhalers that you use in acute attacks as well.
For more information on asthma visit Asthma.org.
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