Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties. Although there’s currently no cure, there are a variety of treatments that can help to keep symptoms under control.1
An asthma attack is when symptoms of your asthma become very severe. It can be a medical emergency.
If your asthma affects your daily life, wakes you up from sleep or you have to use your inhaler three or more times a week, visit your GP as soon as possible.2
The most common treatment for asthma is using inhalers. You may need to take tablets if your asthma is more severe.3
There are videos available on Asthma UK’s website to show you how to use inhalers properly.
In some cases of severe asthma where other treatment options haven’t helped to relieve symptoms, injections or surgery might be recommended.3
Information, support and resources for people with lung conditions, including asthma.
Information about asthma, including a list of local services for people who live in Wales.
Information about asthma, including symptoms, living with and treatments to manage asthma.
1. Asthma. nhs.uk. Published October 20, 2017. Accessed March 15, 2021.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/
2. When to call 999. Asthma and Lung UK. Published September 30, 2020. Accessed June 29, 2023. https://www.asthmaandlung.org.uk/conditions/asthma/manage/when-call-999-or-111
Asthma - treatment. nhs.uk. Published October 20, 2017. Accessed March 17, 2021. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/treatment/
Reviewed by: Mital Thakrar
Published: September 2022
Next review date: September 2025
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