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:
- 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.
There isn’t a cure for asthma. However, treatments are available to help manage your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be individual to you, combining medicines and asthma management in a way that works best for you.
Medicines are only part of your treatment for asthma. You will also need to deal with the things that make it worse. Keep a diary to record anything that triggers your asthma – this can help you to discover a pattern. Using a peak flow meter to monitor your lung function can also help. If you have repeatedly low readings in a certain situation (for example, at the end of a working day, after exercise or after contact with an animal) this may indicate the trigger.
This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it.
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.
MASH – Medway Asthma Self Help
MASH provides information and advice to those who need it, including health professionals. MASH works with GPs, hospitals and Asthma UK to raise awareness and knowledge of asthma for the people of Medway.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.