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Asthma

Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.

Common asthma triggers include:

  • House dust mites
  • Animal fur
  • Pollen
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Exercise     
  • Viral infections

Asthma may also be triggered by substances (allergens or chemicals) inhaled while at work. Speak to your GP if you think your symptoms are worse at work.

Asthma can develop at any age, including in young children and elderly people. For more information about Asthma please visit the NHS website.