Illness and Health Conditions

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There's currently no cure, but there are simple treatments such as inhalers that can help keep the symptoms under control so it does not have a big impact on your life.

The main symptoms of asthma are:

  • a whistling sound when breathing (wheezing)
  • breathlessness
  • a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
  • coughing

The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

If you’re unsure about anything to do with your condition speak to your GP or Asthma nurse who can help you to manage it.

If you’re away from home be prepared. Remember to:

  • Take note of your asthma medication and where you keep it.
  • Make a note of what your asthma triggers are.


Useful links:

Asthma - NHS

Illness and Health Conditions