What is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition which affects the airways, when a person with asthma comes into contact with a trigger (for example pollen, house dust mite or cold air) it causes their airways to tighten and narrow, which can make it difficult to breathe. Find out more at Patient UK.
Self Management of Asthma
Asthma is generally a chronic condition, although some people can grow out of it, therefore it is important that you are aware of things which can help to improve your asthma:
- Know your asthma triggers and preparing for them by having asthma relievers and preventers with you at all times
- Stop smoking – as smoking affects the airways and can worsen the condition
See this website for more information on how to self manage your asthma.
Using your Asthma Inhaler
Inhaler technique is a vital part of managing asthma in order to get as much treatment into your lungs as possible. See these websites for information and video on how to use your inhaler effectively:
Asthma Attacks – what to do
It is important that you know what to do when you have an asthma attack so that you can immediately stop it from getting any worse. See these websites for more information on managing an asthma attack.