Asthma is a long-term condition that affects the airways, causing sufferers’ wind pipes to tighten, swell or over produce mucus. This makes it difficult to breathe and causes symptoms like tightness of the chest, coughing or wheezing. Most commonly, asthma develops in children, and sometimes sufferers can grow out of the condition as they get older. It’s thought that you are more likely to develop asthma if a close relative also has the condition.
A severe asthma attack can be fatal, but there are extremely effective treatments available which can relieve asthma symptoms and prevent life-threatening situations. People with well-managed asthma can still participate in sport and live normal lives.