If you have asthma, or you’re a parent of a child with asthma, you’re in the right place for expert advice.


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What is asthma?

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects the airways - the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. There is no cure for asthma but there are effective treatments to help with symptoms.
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What causes asthma?

Find out why some people are more likely to get asthma, how asthma can be hereditary, and why you’re more likely to develop asthma if you have other allergies.
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Symptoms of asthma

When your asthma flares up, the most common symptoms are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.
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Diagnosing asthma

Find out why it’s important to get a diagnosis so you can start treatment for asthma, how asthma is diagnosed, and how you can take positive steps to stay symptom free after a diagnosis.
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Asthma treatments

Detailed information and answers to common questions about inhalers, medicines and treatments to help relieve asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.
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Asthma triggers

An asthma trigger is anything that irritates your airways and sets off your asthma symptoms.
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Asthma attacks

If you’re having an asthma attack, or someone you know is having an asthma attack, follow this emergency advice.
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Managing asthma

Managing your asthma well will significantly cut your risk of an asthma attack.

Types of asthma

People use different terms to describe the different types of asthma, because everyone with asthma experiences the condition differently.
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Occupational asthma

Every year many people in the UK develop asthma because they are exposed to dangerous substances at work. This is called occupational asthma.

Asthma care in the NHS

Find out all about how to get the best from the NHS to treat your asthma.
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Asthma and your child

Are you a parent of a child with asthma? Our pages are full of tips from other parents and advice from healthcare professionals based on the latest research.
Severe asthma and emergencies

Severe asthma

Do you have, or think you might have, severe asthma? One in 20 people with asthma do. These pages are packed with tips from people with severe asthma and advice from healthcare professionals.
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