Asthma basics

How severe is your asthma?

A doctor will initiate treatment based on the severity of your asthma at diagnosis. He will assess and classify the severity of your asthma based on the latest guidelines.

The four seasons of asthma

Approximately 75% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies. Just as allergies may increase during seasonal change, so too can the occurrence of asthma attacks.

What are the causes of asthma?

Just what causes asthma remains something of a mystery, but it's thought to be triggered by an allergy or when the lungs are irritated by something in the air.

Asthma fact sheet

Asthma is a common condition affecting about 15% of children and 1 in 20 adults.

Peak flow meter

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease that may or may not be triggered by allergens. The air passages within the lungs are constantly swollen, restricting the amount of air allowed to pass through the trachea. Asthmatics have recurrent breathing problems and a tendency to cough and wheeze.

Taking action in an asthma emergency

Asthma can be life-threatening and should not be underestimated. Watching somebody gasping for breath is a terrifying experience and being well-prepared is the best advice.

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