What is asthma?

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your airways - the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. You could say that someone with asthma has 'sensitive' airways that are inflamed and ready to react when they come into contact with something they don't like.

Asthma tends to run in families, especially when there's also a history of allergies and/or smoking.

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Managing Asthma
A written asthma action plan includes all the information you need to look after your asthma well, so you're likely to have fewer symptoms and significantly cut your risk of an asthma attack. This is why we want more people with asthma to benefit from using one.
Asthma UK Helpline

Call 0300 222 5800 for independent, confidential advice from friendly asthma specialists

Questions about your medicines? Worried about your child’s asthma symptoms? Want to reduce your risk of an asthma attack?

Whatever your concern, speak to our team of expert asthma nurses by calling our confidential Helpline on 0300 222 5800 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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