People who have a family history of asthma, hay fever, eczema or allergies are more likely to develop asthma. However it is possible for people to develop asthma who do not have any family connection with asthma or allergy. It can occur in adults who have had a viral infection or who have been exposed […]
Asthma is a long-term condition that affects the lungs. It causes swelling and narrowing of small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs causing shortness of breath, cough or wheeze. Asthma is common affecting 20% of the population in Scotland with over 5 million people in the UK requiring treatment for asthma. […]
There are two types of asthma: Extrinsic asthma Intrinsic asthma This type of asthma is associated with and triggered by allergens. It is sometimes known as allergic asthma. Your immune system reacts to what would normally be a harmless substance by increasing antibodies increasing mucous and makes airways narrow and become inflamed. It can be […]
Asthma is an inflammation of airways or breathing passages in your lungs. The main symptoms of asthma are: Wheeze Cough Breathlessness Tightness in chest There are other factors which can influence these symptoms.
Spirometry is: A test to show how your lungs are working. One of the first tests which may be carried out to investigate any respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough or wheeze. The test can show if the narrowing of your airways is reversible or not and this helps with the diagnosis of […]
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