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Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways. It narrows the airways so that breathing becomes difficult.
Numerous objects are known to trigger asthma attacks in asthma sufferers, including pollen, cold weather, food, dust, stress, exercise and smoking. Asthma cannot be cured, but can be controlled with medication, a healthy lifestyle, and avoiding the triggers to which you’re sensitive.

What are the signs that I might have asthma?

If you and your parents think you may have asthma, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, in case a full-on attack comes and you don’t have the necessary medication.
There are several signs that you and your parents should be aware are the warning signs of asthma:
  • Coughing during the night
  • Coughing when not sick
  • Unusual pale colouring or sweating
  • Breathing through pursed lips
  • Fast breathing
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Fatigue not due to work, exercise or play
  • Noisy and difficult breathing
If you are diagnosed with asthma, you should always have your medication with you.

What should other people do if I’m having an attack?

Your parents – or other adults who are with you when an attack occurs – should try and help you relax, and should stay calm, too.

It will help if you make sure family members, friends, teachers and coaches know where your medication is kept and can retrieve it easily.

If you are having breathing problems, or if you can’t walk or talk, someone should call an ambulance immediately.

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