What is Asthma?
If you have asthma, you’re not alone. More than 5.4 million people in the UK have asthma – including over a million children and young people. But don’t worry. With the right medicine, support and advice, you can have a full and active life. 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 11 children have asthma in the UK.
Asthma is a condition that makes it harder to breathe. It affects the tiny tubes in your lungs called airways that carry air in and out of your body. If you have asthma your airways are almost always inflamed (red and swollen). When inflamed airways come into contact with an asthma trigger (things like furry or feathery pets, cigarette smoke and pollen) they become narrower and often produce sticky mucus, making it harder to breathe.