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Asthma

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a complex illness with a whole range of different causes. These include allergy, viral infections and emotional stress. There is often a strong family history and many patients have a general allergic tendency which may involve other conditions such as eczema. Common triggers for asthma, apart from infection, include exercise, dust, house dust mite, moulds, pollens and other inhaled products.

Asthma appears to be increasing in incidence and typically begins in childhood, often following a simple cold. Some patients have one or two acute episodes; others have a chronic, recurring illness with hospital admissions and life threatening attacks.
The wheezing is caused by inflammation in the airways which is associated with the production of mucus. The ‘tubes’ are narrowed by muscle spasm and the combination of the narrowing and the mucus reduces the calibre of the tubes, making it harder to force air in and out of the lungs. As a result, the amount of oxygen available for absorption may be inadequate.

Treatments for Asthma are available at Winchester, London, Basingstoke, Oxford, Chichester, Bournemouth and Poole.

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