Tag Archives: Asthma

What is asthma?

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. […]

Types of 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 […]

What is spirometry

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 […]