What is Asthma?

For Healthcare Professionals & Consumers

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that manifests as recurrent attacks of coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing. During an asthma attack, the muscles surrounding the airways contract, which limits the passage of air to the lungs. Viscous mucus can occasionally accumulate, which further restricts the free passage of air.

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What are the Potential Triggers of an Asthma Attack?

Asthma attacks can be induced by factors including, but not limited to:

  • Exposure to allergens, dust particles or mould
  • Physical exertion
  • Weather conditions
  • Certain food colourings and additives
  • Smoking
  • Emotional and/or physical states (laughter, excitement, stress)
  • Cold and flu viruses

Who Suffers from Asthma?

In the UK, c.5.4m people are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This equates to roughly one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children.

(Source: www.asthma.org.uk)

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Adverse events should be reported.
Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
Adverse event should also be reported to Kent Pharmaceuticals
on 01233 506 574 or medinfo@kentpharm.co.uk

UK18/03/01. Date of preparation: April 2018