Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs and is one of the most common long-term diseases in children. It causes the airways to become swollen and inflamed, and produces sticky mucous. These changes lead to airway constrictions and breathing difficulties.
The common symptoms of asthma are wheezing (a whistling noise when breathing), a tight feeling in the chest, and coughing. Symptoms often worsen at night, in the early morning, or during exercise, varying for individuals of different ages eg. children.
Asthma is triggered by a range of factors such as pollen, house dust mites, cigarette smoke, exercise, associated with a cold or cold air, and changes in the weather. It tends to run in families and affects everyone differently. For example, two children in the same family can have different asthma patterns and triggers.
Asthma cannot be cured, but people with asthma can still lead normal and active lives with controlled prescribed medication and using a reliever when the symptoms flare up.
Speak to your doctor about asthma and its treatment to improve on asthma management. It can also help you feel more confident to look after yourself, your child, or anyone in your care.
Speak with your doctor if you are eligible for the government supported Screen for Life (SFL) or Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP).