Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.
It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.
Asthma can be treated very effectively and safely with a number of different treatments, which should be tailored to an individual’s needs. These include inhalers, oral medications and other treatments.
Asthma symptoms, as well as the need for medication can be reduced if triggers, such as allergens, are accurately identified.
There's currently no cure for asthma, but treatment can help control the symptoms so you're able to live a normal, active life.
Inhalers, which are devices that let you breathe in medicine, are the main treatment. Tablets and other treatments may also be needed if your asthma is severe.
You'll usually create a personal action plan with a doctor or asthma nurse.
This includes information about your medicines, how to monitor your condition and what to do if you have an asthma attack.
Inhalers can help:
Some people need an inhaler that does both (combination inhalers).