Asthma

Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropriate treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways

Symptoms of asthma

The usual symptoms of asthma are

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • 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.

It is recommended that adults have a review of their asthma medication once a year and children under 12 once every 6 months. As this is a variable condition there may be times when you need to come in more often.

Think about your control, have you:

  • Needed to use your reliever inhaler (usually blue) more than 3 times a week?
  • Woken at night with asthma symptoms such as cough, wheeze or shortness of breath?
  • Had to alter you normal work or leisure activities due to asthma symptoms?

If this is happening to you please make an appointment for a review with your asthma nurse or GP.

Useful websites for further information:

Asthma UKwww.asthma.org.uk

Asthma in Adults
an excellent resource with useful video, audio, images and references relating to asthma in adults.

Asthma in Children
This factsheet is for parents of children who have asthma, or who would like information about it

NHS Choices – Asthma
Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Asthma.