Conditions

Asthma

Asthma

According to charity Asthma UK, 5.4 million people in the UK are affected by this respiratory condition, and over a million of them are children – that’s almost one in ten. Asthma involves an inflammation of the airways which causes them to narrow, making it difficult to draw breath. Kids with asthma also suffer from tightness in the chest, wheeziness and coughing.

Asthma can start at any age, and if your child seems to be experiencing difficulty breathing you should see your doctor, who will use a peak flow meter to test exactly how well the respiratory system is working. Although there is no conventional cure, the most common treatment is an inhaler which will ease the symptoms by keeping the lungs and airways clear. If your child is prescribed an inhaler, make sure they have it with them at all times and know how to use it.

The precise cause of asthma isn’t known, but certain factors can trigger an attack, during which breathing becomes especially hard. Cold weather, exercise, hay fever, allergies (to dust, pollen, certain dairy products and pets), laughing, crying and being in a smoky environment can all exacerbate the condition. Asthma attacks can last for up to an hour if they are not treated and can be very distressing for you and your child. It’s thought that smoking during pregnancy increases the likelihood of your child being born with asthma. For some kids the symptoms, especially wheezing and a dry cough, will be worse at night. If the condition is mild, your child may seem fine during the day.

One by-product of having asthma can be that kids are excluded from games at school and so end up not getting proper exercise. Find out what the asthma policy is at school and get an Asthma Action Plan from your doctor. Make sure your kids are aware of the triggers and have regular check-ups, and they’ll be able to manage the condition throughout their lives.

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I had an asthma attack and I almost died.. I was terrified and Whenever I'm asleep I worry about having another.. :(





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Adding to the comment i posted on the 18th of january 2013 at 23:09pm..... i alao suffer from hayfever, and i think i have an allergy to dust too...... could i have asthma?(if its even posible to develope later in life





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Im 13 years old and back at the end of November i had a cold and then that cleared up after about 2 weeks then a few days later i had bronchitis (i had that for about 10 days) then i had a chest infection just a week after the bronchitis cleared up, and now its left me coughing all the time, tight chest, wheezing and sharp pains in my chest like its being crushed with a brick





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my child is 14 and has now had asthma since birth, i heard that asthma is meant to get better over time but hers has been getting worse. It upsets her because she loves sport but cannot even manage jumping on the trampoline for 3 mins without having to use her inhaler. she uses her inhalers properly. does anyone know any other ways to help her out ?





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whats happened is ryan has been ill for 3/4 years now missed diagnosed with chest infections which took 2 hospitals and the doctors and 93 visits in hospital and nearly 16 months to sort out then got him into the royal brompton in london finds out the ryans has really difficult steriod responsive asthma,recurrent lower respiratory tract infections with narrow right main bronchus, gastro oesophageal reflux and a persistent blocked nose his on 12 lots of meds 3/4 times a day and cannot go to school now been on and off for nearly 2 yrs cos he keeps collasping and now 3 weeks ago he had a nose swab and has a bacterial nasal infection and seen a nurse a last week at home another swab taken then asked to go to crawley hosp cos his nose is very swollen and what looks like a piece of cartilege is hanging in his nose .. been back to the doctors and found out ryan has nasal polyns and has to wait a further 10 weeks for ent and a operation really want someone to help me because this has been going on to long any advice would be very grateful xx





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Hi My son is 16 months old. In July he had croup than in August he had bronchitis and in Sept he had chest infection. He has been coughing since July (more or less) but he never stopped and he never whiz (except when he had bronchitis). For the first three months I kept going to see a health professional but I always was told to not worry and that it would go soon. Now it is the fourth months of his coughing and I was told that he might have asthma and prescribed a brown inhalator (earlier he had a blue one but it didn’t help). I don’t believe that he has asthma as we have no family history of asthma. We have some problems with high humidity at home and I think that might be problem or he might be allergic to something. I am coughing myself now for over a month and haven’t got asthma.We don't smoke or hve any pets and our house is clean. Did you have or are in the same situation? What your GP told you? And what kinds of test were made? I do appreciate all your answers. Thanks





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hi just wondering if this is ok im 11 and i have athsma i have an atshma attack every day what should i do iv asked my gp he said it shod stop in about a weeks time iv been like this for 3 years helppp





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hello, im very active. I exercise reguly and when I have done so, i feel really tired and I find it really hard to breath





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I went under the water because I was exhausted in swimming and might have by accident swallowed water. when i got out, i had breathing difficultied. does anyone know if this is a sign for asthma





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It is constent coughing wezzeness in ur chest and feeling really tyed tight chest and strugleing to breath after exersise no it is not a sigh for asthma i will no because i have it

Hi im 20 and have had asthma all my life. I was rushed into hospital as a baby and toddler because of breathing difficulties. Like most of you, my mother panicked the majority of the time. Commonly, my asthma is worse at nights and winter, it always has been. I advise you to visit your GP and explain the symptoms and they should prescribe you with a blue inhaler (ventolin) which contaons steroids and is a fast acting reliever. This is only for short term relief! If needs be the GP can prescribe you with a stronger more long term reliever. For mums out there worrying about their child having asthma, fear not! It hasnt prevented me from doing anything and i am now a succesful rugby player. Thanks for your time and remember, dont panick!





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