Tag Archives: Asthma

Quotes from people living with asthma

“Ongoing friendship and mutual support from joining local groups “ “The way to keep moving forward is to talk to others living with same condition” “Look on internet, but only at the good stuff,  as lots of scary stuff out there!” “In some situations you’re in, it can be hard not to become angry… what […]

Altered breathing pattern versus asthma?

How do you identify the source of your child’s breathlessness? If your child is breathless – sit them down. Zone into their breathing and note what they are feeling. Carry out your child’s breathing control exercises for 2 minutes. If they still feel breathless follow their asthma action plan and help them to take their […]

Asthma and the recommended vaccinations

Exacerbations of asthma are mainly caused by respiratory viruses and bacteria which lead to increased inflammation and chest infections. The two vaccinations recommended for patients with asthma are: Influenza (flu) vaccine (all people with asthma every year). Pneumococcal vaccine (recommended for people with severe asthma and for anyone with asthma over the age of 65 […]

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs. It causes swelling and narrowing of small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs causing shortness of breath, cough or wheeze. There is no cure for asthma but the symptoms can be well controlled with treatment and avoiding irritants (triggers) that make it worse. […]


Colds are very common in young children. Viruses or infections are often associated with wheezing in pre-school children. Only very few of these children will go on to have asthma. Coughs and colds are a frequent trigger for wheezing in asthma. Asthma might be considered if chest infections do not improve after antibiotic treatment especially […]