What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease of the airways, the small tubes which carry air in and out of the lungs. When you have asthma symptoms the muscles in the airways tighten and the lining of the airways swells and produces sticky mucus. These changes cause the airways to become narrow, so that there is less space for the air to flow into and out of your lungs.
Symptoms may include:
These symptoms are often worse at night, in the early morning or during exercise.
There are many different triggers for asthma, and these can be different for different people.
The most common ones are:
Children may also
Asthma that is triggered by exercise may be helped by medication and/or warm up exercises.
Asthma is a treatable health condition. Although at present there is no cure, with good management, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.
If your child has wheezing, coughing or problems breathing, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether it might be asthma.
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