Asthma is a very common condition affecting around 5 million people in the UK, and sufferers can literally find themselves struggling to breathe. Managing asthma correctly is very important, and luckily there are many good treatments available. Having an asthma inhaler handy allows you to go about your daily life without worry, and allows you to do everything a non-asthma sufferer would do.
You may experience one or more of the following symptoms of asthma:
Feeling out of breath: this occurs when air cannot flow in and out of the lungs leaving you gasping for breath.
Tight chest: many asthma sufferers say they feel as though a belt is being tightened around their chest.
Wheezing: this is the whistling sound you make when you struggle to breathe through your narrowing air passages.
Coughing: this is more common in children than in adults.
Genes play a key role here as many people who develop asthma have a parent who also sufferers from the condition. It is believed that even though you may be predisposed to asthma, it will only manifest itself if exposed to a triggering factor.
In some people asthma can follow exposure to a virus or infection of the airways.
Some external factors can also increase your likelihood of developing the condition. For example, increased exposure to pollution and cigarette smoke can lead to you developing asthma.
Common triggers of asthma include: physical exertion, cold, smoke, perfume, pollution, pollen, dust, fur and mould
If you have any questions or if you would like more information please call the pharmacist on 01260 295701.