Asthma is a type of allergic reaction and is a long-term condition that affects breathing. It is caused when the airways become narrowed.

Though this condition can occur at any age. Half of sufferers begin experiencing symptoms before the age of 10, with boys being twice as likely to be affected as girls. Asthma often runs in families, alongside other types of allergic reactions such as eczema, hay fever, food allergies & rhinitis.

Whilst asthma can be a life threatening condition (about 17% of sufferers fit into this category), the majority of people with the condition have mild symptoms that can be managed by avoiding certain allergens and sometimes medication, such as an inhaler.

There are different types of asthma:

  • occupational
  • difficult to control & severe
  • adult onset
  • childhood
  • seasonal

These types can cross over. My Dad, for example, didn’t experience his first attack until he was 50 (adult onset). He is affected most in the summer (seasonal).

There are a number of things that can trigger asthma. Individuals will be affected by different things, which can include:

  • moulds & fungi
  • stress & emotions
  • pollen
  • cigarette smoke
  • animals
  • pollution
  • medication
  • house dust mites
  • exercise

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Useful links –

Asthma, Respiratory Allergy. Allergy UK. Last Updated March 2012.

Asthma UK. Asthma UK.

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