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Did you know that up to 5.4 million people in the UK have asthma?
That is roughly one out of every 12 adults and one out of every 10 children.
At the moment, there is no cure for asthma and if your condition is not controlled, it has the potential to be life threatening. Inhalers are able to help asthma sufferers have more control over their symptoms and lead a normal life. It is important to treat your asthma as the symptoms arise.
Badly controlled asthma can cause problems such as:
- Feeling lethargic constantly
- A lack of motivation
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Lung infections, such as pneumonia
- Delays in growth or puberty in children
- Life threatening asthma attacks
Frequently asked questions about asthma
What is an asthma inhaler?
An asthma inhaler is a device that delivers medicine directly into the lungs to help alleviate asthma symptoms. A bronchodilator is a type of drug that acts to relax the muscles around the airways in the lungs, allowing for greater airflow and easier breathing. Anti-inflammatory medicine can also be found in inhalers to help decrease swelling in the airways.
How does an inhaler work?
Asthma inhalers function by delivering a tiny mist or powder medicine directly into the lungs through the mouth. The medicine is breathed deeply into the lungs, where it begins to ease symptoms within minutes. Some inhalers need the user to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds to ensure the drug enters the lungs effectively.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Environmental variables such as pollen, dust, and smoke, as well as physical activity, stress, and sickness, can all be asthma triggers. When a trigger produces airway inflammation, it can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Asthma inhalers can be used to ease these symptoms fast and efficiently.
At what age can you develop asthma?
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that can afflict people of any age. It is, however, most typically diagnosed in children, with symptoms showing before the age of five. Asthma may develop later in life in certain cases, with symptoms first showing in maturity.
What causes asthma?
Asthma can be brought on by a variety of causes, including genetics, environmental factors, and exposure to specific irritants or allergens. Young children who are exposed to secondhand smoke, pollution, or respiratory illnesses may be predisposed to developing asthma.