What Causes Asthma?
Unfortunately, the causes of asthma are largely unknown. Asthma can start at any age. However, it most commonly starts in childhood. At least 1 in 10 children and 1 in 12 adults have asthma. Asthma can run in families, although many people who develop asthma have no family history of asthma.
Whilst the causes of asthma are not fully known, there are treatments available to ensure people with asthma can manage their condition effectively.
What Can Make Asthma Symptoms Worse?
Asthma symptoms may get worse from time to time. Some people find that symptoms are triggered at certain times or in particular situations.
Allergies can also provide the trigger for asthma symptoms. Some of the most common triggers include:
- House dust mites
- Pollen and mould
- Occupational asthma e.g. flour or wood dust
- Cold and flu
- Smoking and cigarette fumes
- Exercise induced asthma
- Emotion e.g. stress, emotional upset or laughter
- Hormones e.g. around puberty, before periods, during pregnancy and during menopause
- Medicines. Some people with asthma are sensitive to certain medicines. These include aspirin, anti-inflammatory painkillers (e.g. ibuprofen or diclofenac), or beta-blockers used to treat heart disease and glaucoma (e.g. propanolol, atenolol or timolol)
Your pharmacy can offer you advice and products to help you control your asthma, allergies
and hay fever. Please ask a member of our team for more information.
Controlling Asthma Symptoms?
With the use of medicines, avoiding triggers and the latest lifestyle advice, people with asthma can successfully control their condition and get on with enjoying their lives. The medicines prescribed to you will depend on the severity of your asthma symptoms and the dose may vary. The aim is to be taking the smallest dose of the medicine you need to keep you feeling well.
If you need further information or questions about living with or managing your Asthma symptoms please visit our Pharmacy Locator to find your local Alphega Pharmacy.
To check our Asthma infographic click here