Asthma is a common condition that affects the airways. It is due to inflammation of the air passages in the lungs and affects the sensitivity of the nerve endings in the airways, so they become easily irritated. In an asthma 'attack' the lining of the passages swell, causing the airways to narrow and reducing the flow of air in and out of the lungs.
The typical symptoms of asthma are:
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Treatment usually works well to ease and prevent symptoms. Treatment is usually with inhalers.
- For more information about asthma please contact Asthma UK who provide specialist information about all aspects of asthma.
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