What Is Asthma? - The GP Service
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What Is Asthma?

What is Asthma

Asthma affects people of all ages. Although it can develop for the first time with adults, it often starts during an individual’s childhood. Asthma is a lung condition that affects your airways. It is caused by the inflammation of the breathing tubes that carry air to and from the lungs. The inflammation causes the breathing tubes to temporarily narrow.

Asthma impacts people differently, for some airways may only narrow slightly, resulting in mild symptoms. However, if the airways become too narrow the individual may not be able to receive enough oxygen into their lungs and bloodstream. This is incredibly dangerous and will require immediate medical attention.


If you suffer with asthma, you may find there are times where you have more difficulty breathing than usual. This occurs in both adults and children. Common symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks
  • Tightness in the chest

Asthma Triggers

If you are experiencing symptoms it is often in response to a trigger. Common asthma triggers include the following:

  • Exercise – exercise induced symptoms can worsen if the air is damp
  • Allergies – airborne substances such as pollen, animal fur or dust mites
  • Medicines – anti-inflammatory painkillers such as aspirin has been known to cause symptoms
  • Smoke – cigarette smoke, pollution and fumes
  • Enviromental – sudden weather changes, such as changes in temperature, cold air or humidity
  • Emotions – laughter, stress and anxiety
  • Recreational Drugs – alcohol and nicotine can both induce asthma symptoms
  • Illness – infections such as cold and flu

When to Speak to a Doctor

Many asthma symptoms can be connected to several other conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms but are unsure whether it is asthma related consult one of our Online Doctors today.

Need an Inhaler?

If you suffer from asthma, it is important that you always carry your inhaler with you. If you are due for a new inhaler but are struggling to find time to book a Doctor’s appointment, we have the perfect solution. Keep on top of your asthma with The GP Service. Simply fill out a self-assessment form and one of our dedicated Doctors will prescribe you with a new inhaler.