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Asthma

Asthma is a common condition which affects the lungs and can cause breathing difficulties. Asthma affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults. 

There is currently no cure, but there are simple and effective treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control. As asthma often changes over time, it’s important to work with your doctor to monitor your signs and symptoms and adjust your treatment as needed. 

True or False?
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Asthma is a made up condition. square True
or false?

False – There are so many different triggers and people react to them differently. It’s important to remember that asthma is a serious condition and can be life threatening.

People will judge me if I use my inhaler in public. square True
or false?

False – There are over 5 million people in the UK with asthma, including many famous athletes and celebrities, so you are definitely not alone!

I don’t need to take my medication when I’m feeling well. square True
or false?

False – It’s important that you take your medication as prescribed, even if you are feeling well and not experiencing any symptoms. It’s important to have regular medication reviews to ensure that you are taking the most appropriate medication.

Asthma will stop me exercising. square True
or false?

False – There is no reason why people who have asthma can’t do the same things as their friends or live an active life. There are many famous athletes who have asthma, including Olympians!  If your asthma is stopping you from doing normal activities, you can arrange an asthma review with your GP.

Everyone grows out of asthma. square True
or false?

False – Asthma can be a long-term condition. In children, it can go away or improve during the teenage years, but it can also come back later in life.

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