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Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing problems.

The main symptoms of asthma include wheezing and shortness of breath. There may be times when the symptoms get better and times when they get worse.

The main treatments for asthma are inhalers that either ease symptoms when they occur or help stop symptoms occurring.

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. It's sometimes triggered by things like allergies or smoke.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of asthma include wheezing and shortness of breath. There may be times when the symptoms get better and times when they get worse.

Symptoms of asthma

The main symptoms of asthma are:

The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main treatments for asthma are inhalers that either ease symptoms when they occur or help stop symptoms occurring.

Medical treatments

Asthma is usually treated by using an inhaler, a small device that lets you breathe in medicines.

The main types are:

  • reliever inhalers – used when needed to quickly relieve asthma symptoms for a short time
  • preventer inhalers – used every day to prevent asthma symptoms occurring

Some people also need to take tablets.

Read more on the NHS website.

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. It's sometimes triggered by things like allergies or smoke.

Read more on the NHS website.