Asthma is a common long-term condition which affects the airways. Key asthma symptoms are difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and a tight feeling in your chest.
What causes asthma?
The cause of asthma is still unknown although you are more likely to suffer from it if your parents did. However many things can act as a trigger, bringing on an asthma attack. Allergies are very common asthma triggers, including hayfever (allergy to pollen), dust mites and animal fur. Tobacco smoke, exercise, cold air and chest infections can also make your asthma symptoms worse.
When you come into contact with your asthma trigger, it irritates your airways causing them to become narrowed and inflamed.
Asthma affects people of all ages. People who develop asthma as a child may find that symptoms disappear as they get older, whilst others develop asthma as an adult. The severity of asthma varies from person to person; some people will rarely experience symptoms whilst for others it can be a regular and serious occurrence which can result in hospitalisation.
How to treat asthma
There is no cure for asthma, but in most people it can be very well controlled. If you have asthma you may take a preventative steroid inhaler each day, as well as having a separate emergency inhaler for when you experience an asthma attack.
Another way of managing your asthma is to control your exposure to triggers. Tower Health offer a range of solutions to help if your asthma is triggered by allergies. Find out more about our range of natural allergy products. Salt therapy may also benefit asthma suffers and the Salitair salt pipe offers a safe, easy and natural treatment that you can use at home.