When you have asthma, the mucus membranes of your respiratory tract swell, and at the same time you will have an increased production of mucus. It is common for the asthma symptoms to deteriorate from, for example, infections of the respiratory tract, exercise, allergies and tobacco smoke.
Tobacco smoke has a tendency to trigger asthma, and causes people to lose control of their asthma.Parents who smoke is the single most common cause of the increase of asthma symptoms in small children. A dusty environment and strong smells may also be asthma triggers.
An asthmatic person who suffers from a viral infection will not just experience a cough, runny nose, sore throat and other cold symptoms. The viral infection can also cause the mucus production to increase and the airways to contract, making it difficult to breathe. During periods of infection, that is, during autumn and early spring, it is important to take extra care of yourself if you have asthma.
Asthma left untreated for a long time can cause chronic deterioration of lung function and reduced quality of life. If you suspect that you have asthma you should contact a doctor for an asthma diagnosis and treatment.
UK/GEN/15/0055a Date of preparation: December 2015
Today there are effective ways of treating asthma and having the disease does not mean that you are sentenced to a life of staying still. If you have asthma you should be able to exercise, dance, be outdoors, sleep all night and spend time with your family and friends as usual without having to worry about your asthmatic problemsRead more