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Asthma overview

Asthma affects around 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 11 children in the UK. Asthma symptoms, which include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness, are common in an asthma attack. With appropriate treatment for symptoms of asthma both children and adults can live well.

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Unsafe prescribing 'puts people with asthma at risk'

Almost 23,000 people with asthma in the UK may have been wrongly prescribed asthma medicine, according to a new report published by the charity, Asthma UK.

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Asthma symptoms

Asthma affects the airways, causing them to tighten, become inflamed or to fill with mucus. Asthma symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain or pressure.

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