An Overview – Asthma
Asthma is a condition that affects the airways – the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes sticky mucus or phlegm builds up which can further narrow the airways.
All these reactions cause the airways to become narrower and irritated – making it difficult to breath and leading to symptoms of asthma.
- 5.4m people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma.
- 1.1m children in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma.
- There is a person with asthma in one in five households in the UK.
Asthma Lead Bodies
For more information, please select Lead Body – Asthma UK in Resources. Asthma UK work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world leading research and scientists, campaigning for change and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.
Other Evidences Sources
Here we present evidence in support of non pharmacological approaches to controlling asthma and improving quality of life for asthma sufferers