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Asthma Fact Sheet

  • Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that makes airways (bronchial tubes) particularly sensitive to irritants, and this is characterized by difficulty in breathing.

  • Asthma cannot be cured, but for most patients it can be controlled so that they have only minimal and infrequent symptoms and they can live an active life.

  • Asthma is a highly ranked chronic health condition in adults in most western countries, and it is the leading chronic illness of children.

  • Asthma cannot be cured, but for most patients it can be controlled so that they have only minimal and infrequent symptoms and they can live an active life.

  • If you have asthma, managing it is an important part of your life.  Controlling your asthma means staying away from things that bother your airways and taking medicines as directed by your doctor. 

  • These is also evidence to suggest a link between asthma and acid reflux.  For example, people who have asthma get acid reflux more often than people without asthma.

  • The cause of the inflammation which underlies most asthma in younger sufferers is one or more allergies.

  • More people in western countries suffer from allergies, compared to people in less affluent rural parts of the world, and allergy rates are on the increase.

  • Quick Relief Medicines give rapid, short-term treatment and are taken when you have worsening asthma symptoms that can lead to asthma episodes or attacks.  You will feel the effects of these medicines within minutes.

  • Long-Term Control Medicines are taken every day, usually over long periods of time, to control chronic symptoms and to prevent.

  • Common early warning signs of asthma include fatigue, coughing (especially at night), wheezing, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, runny nose, and itchy throat.

  • If you have some of these warning signs, then see a doctor as soon as possible, so that they can perform a thorough examination and diagnosis.

  • Common allergy and asthma medicines are known to be very safe during pregnancy.

  • Far from being dangerous in pregnancies, certain asthma medicines can help to protect your baby and help it to develop normally.

     

     

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