Asthma

Asthma is an inherited condition which causes difficulty in breathing. A person with
asthma may experience;

  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath particularly after exercise or when emotional.

Sudden attacks of breathlessness may require hospitalization. Asthma is
normally treated with an inhaler.

Symptoms

The main symptom of asthma is wheezing caused by contraction of the airway.
A cough may also be present. Symptoms are worse at night or in the morning.

Treatments

Wheezing and shortness of breath can often be treated by a portable
inhaler which will relax and smooth muscle in the walls of the airways.

Related Links

Asthma UK
The UK’s independent asthma charity with asthma news, information, treatment and research.

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