Asthma: Get informed

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bronchial tubes, which, in most cases, is due to an allergy.

What is Asthma?

This inflammation causes temporary airway obstruction by different mechanisms: swelling of the bronchial wall, the contraction of bronchial smooth muscle and hypersecretion that will contribute to blocking the airway.

The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. This condition can be controlled in most people most of the time.

This obstruction is unusual, unlike other respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in that it can be almost 100% reversible. 

Attacks cause difficulties in inhaling and especially in exhaling air from the lungs. It is a disease characterized by episodes of breathing difficulties.

Asthma complications

Occasionally, this symptoms can get progressively or suddenly worse. This is commonly called an "asthma attack".
If these attacks are too severe it might result in the patient being hospitalized and if care is not given quickly, it might even cost the patient his/her life. 

It is important to know yourself well and know your disease:
- Avoid having another attack as much as possible
- Monitor your breathing capacity and breath
- Be organized in general
- Take all your medicines

This is why it is always important to stay alert, informed and with the support of people that understand. You can find additional information on the Asthma Forum.

UK National Health Service

Last updated: 2/8/18

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