Asthma and wheeze

Asthma

Asthma is a very common long-term condition affecting the airways carrying air in and out of your lungs. When these airways come into contact with something they are sensitive to, such as an allergen or asthma ‘trigger’, they react in three ways:

  • The muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower.
  • The lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell.
  • Sticky mucous or phlegm builds up, which can narrow the airways even more.

 

Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • Wheezing and/or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Breathlessness

The good news is that asthma can be treated very effectively and safely with a number of different treatments, which I will tailor to your needs. These include inhalers, oral medications as well as more novel treatments. We ensure that you and your child get trained on how to use all your inhalers and other treatments. We can diagnose and monitor your child’s asthma using the latest lung function test devices with computerised spirometry and exhaled nitric oxide.