The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.
When to see a GP
See a GP if you think you or your child may have asthma.
The GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.
Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.
Causes and triggers
Asthma is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This makes the tubes highly sensitive, so they temporarily narrow.
It may occur randomly or after exposure to a trigger.
Common asthma triggers include:
allergies (to house dust mites, animal fur or pollen, for example)
smoke, pollution and cold air
infections like colds or flu
Identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers can help you keep your symptoms under control.
Asthma Annual Reviews
The Arch Medical Practice has an in-depth Asthma annual review programme. This annual review is with our Practice Nurses, Alison or Debbie on or around your date of birth. These reviews usually take 20 minutes. At this annual review the Nurse will:
Review Asthma history and/or discuss any current symptoms you may have