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What are the
symptoms of asthma?
Not everyone will get all of these
symptoms. Asthma varies from day to day, person to person and may come and
go throughout your life.
WHAT IS ASTHMA?
Asthma is a condition that affects the airways - the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.
If you have asthma your airways are extra sensitive.
When you come into contact with something you are allergic to, or something that irritates your airways (a trigger), your airways will become narrower, making it harder to breathe.
The muscles around the airways tighten. The lining becomes inflamed and swollen. Sticky mucous if often produced.
ILLUSTRATION SHOWING NORMAL AIRWAY AND AIRWAY DURING AN ASTHMA ATTACK
In an asthma attack, the airway lining starts to swell,
the muscles tighten and mucous is secreted.