Asthma is a common condition, usually defined as a chronic inflammation of the airways of the lungs. It is one of the earliest recognized diseases, described as early as Ancient Egypt. The word itself comes from Ancient Greek; ásthma stands for “panting” which is one of the most obvious symptoms of the illness.
Asthma sufferers experience episodes of airflow obstruction; this usually results in symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and, possibly most noticably, wheezing – a continuous, whistling sound heard during breathing.
It is not known what causes asthma specifically, and there is no known cure. However, with proper treatment, its symtpoms can be usually kept in check.
Approximately 350 million people wordlwide suffer from asthma. 5.4 million of them live in the UK – and more than 1 million of them are children. Almost 400,000 people died from asthma in 2016 globally – 1,410 of which were British citizens.
Depending on what your doctor ordered you to use, click on the links to see a presentation on how to use your specific type of inhaler (via medicines.org.uk and Asthma UK):
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