Asthma is the most common chronic (long-term) condition in Ireland, with one in every ten people suffering. Asthma affects the airways, the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. When people suffering with asthma are exposed to triggers such as pollen or dust, the airways react by becoming narrow and swollen, making breathing more difficult.
Asthma can start to develop at any age, however it usually begins during childhood. Asthma may also run in families and may be linked to other conditions such as hay fever and eczema.
Symptoms of Asthma
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Regular wheezing