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Asthma is a condition that causes sensitivity of the airways in the lungs. When exposed to certain triggers these airways narrow, making it hard to breathe.
When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes sticky mucus or phlegm builds up which can further narrow the airways.
The exact cause of Asthma is not completely understood. Asthma is one of a group of allergic conditions, including eczema and hayfever, which often occur together. A family history of Asthma, eczema or allergies, increases the risk of person developing Asthma. Research shows that smoking during pregnancy increases the child's risk of developing asthma. Children whose parents smoke are also more likely to develop the condition.
Asthma triggers can vary between people. Common triggers include;
- Colds and flu (especially in children)
- Exercise (this can be managed)
- Pollens, moulds and grasses
- Animal fur and dander (skin flakes)
- Dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Changes in air temperature and weather
- Certain drugs e.g aspirin and certain blood pressure medications
- Some chemicals, strong smells and aerosol sprays
- Some occupations
- Some emotions e.g stress
Sometimes it can be difficult to know what is triggering your Asthma. Ask your Doctor for advice.
Signs and Symptoms
Common symptoms of asthma include:
- Shortness of breath, and
- Tightness in the chest.
In no way is this information intended to replace the advice of a medical practitioner. Always consult your Doctor for diagnosis and advice. Although there is no cure for Asthma, there are some excellent medicines available to help control the symptoms so that is does not interfere with daily life. Good Asthma management allows a person to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.
If you or your child experience symptoms that could be due to Asthma, it is important to get advice from your GP. There is no simple test for asthma. It is diagnosed by your Doctor after examination, and taking into account how and when symptoms occur.
Good Asthma management involves;
- Taking Asthma medications. See the Asthma Medications and Devices topic.
- Monitoring your Asthma
- Staying active and healthy
- Avoiding triggers where possible. See the Asthma Triggers topic.
- Having a written Asthma Action Plan
- Visiting your Doctor regularly – at least every 6 months when well.
Asthma Action Plan
An Asthma Action Plan can be written with your Doctor or nurse. It should provide clear information on your Asthma medicines, how to tell if your symptoms are getting worse, what you should do if your symptoms do get worse, and what you should do in the case of an Asthma attack.
Asthma is a treatable health condition.
Although at present there is no cure, with good management people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.
The key to living with asthma is keeping it under control. This means learning about what causes your symptoms, how to avoid these triggers and how to use your medications correctly.
It is important that you see your doctor for regular check-ups so that he/she can work with you to monitor and control your asthma. Together with your doctor, you can fill in your personal written Asthma Action Plan that will help you monitor and manage your asthma.
People who follow their plans are likely to have better controlled asthma, fewer asthma attacks and fewer days off work or school because of their asthma.
Don’t let asthma get in the way of your everyday life.