Asthma

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Suffer from asthma? Take action!

Animal dander, house-dust mites, cockroaches, pollens and outdoor moulds, tobacco smoke and indoor pollens are common asthma triggers.

What to do in an asthma emergency

Asthma can be life threatening. Watching somebody gasping for breath is a terrifying experience and being well prepared is the best defence.

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.

Asthma fact sheet

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

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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.

Get a grip on asthma

Do you suffer from asthma? Then beware of common indoor allergens such as house dust mites, feathers, cockroaches, and animal dander.

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.

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.

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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Professor Keertan Dheda has received of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others.Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

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