Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. It is estimated that 8 million people – over 12% of the population – have been diagnosed with asthma to date, however this does not mean that that many people are currently living with the condition. Many children diagnosed with asthma grow out of it. Asthma UK states that around 5.4 million people receive treatment for the disease.
Asthma usually causes symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and breathlessness.
Individuals have different triggers - a trigger is a thing, activity or condition that makes asthma worse. If you come into contact with one of your asthma triggers, as well as making your symptoms worse it may even bring on an asthma attack.
Asthma UK works closely with the British Lung Foundation to support people living with or caring for someone with Asthma. From helpful booklets, leaflets and action plans, developed in partnership with health care professionals, to risk checker tools - click HERE to learn more and see what support they can offer.