Asthma is a condition that affects the airways – the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.
When a person with the condition comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (a trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes, sticky mucus or phlegm builds up, which can further narrow the airways.
These reactions cause the airways to become narrower and irritated – making it difficult to breath.
Management with Medcare
Asthma can be a dangerous condition and people do die from attacks. However, the majority of asthmatic people are able to manage the condition successfully with the correct treatment. There is no cure.
The Medcare GP can make sure you are prescribed the correct treatment and know how to administer it properly and safely.