What is asthma?
Asthma is a common lung condition affecting your lungs. Asthma can cause your airways to become irritated and swollen and this can affect how well you can breathe. The causes of asthma are not fully understood. But asthma symptoms can be made worse many triggers such as household dust or cleaning products, pet dander or air pollutants. There is no cure for asthma. However, there are several treatments as well as simple advice on how to manage this long term condition.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
For most people with asthma, symptoms are occasional. That means you do not experience them all the time. However, when asthma flares up, the main symptoms of asthma are:
– Shortness of breath
– Tightness in your chest
What are the common triggers for asthma?
The common triggers for asthma are things you can breathe in such as:
– Air pollution such as pollutants from car exhausts
– Pet dander (hair, fur or skin cells)
– Dust mites, mould or damp
– Household cleaning products
– Cigarette smoke
However, some people may find their symptoms get worse when they are unwell, during the winter, when they exercise or that their asthma is affected by the weather.