Asthma is a common, long-term or chronic, disease. It affects about five million people in the UK.

This information is for people living with asthma, their family, friends and carers. It describes the common causes of asthma, symptoms, treatment options and tips for managing your asthma.

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Causes of asthma
What is asthma? What happens in asthma? And what causes asthma? This section answers all of these questions.
Causes of asthma

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Read about the typical symptoms of asthma and what to do if your symptoms are severe.
Symptoms of asthma

Asthma cannot be cured, but with the right treatment most people can lead normal lives. Find out more about the latest treatment options.
Treatment of asthma

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Controlling your asthma
Learn about the common triggers of asthma, what to do if your asthma is getting worse, and how to prevent an asthma 'attack'. 
Controlling your asthma

Asthma booklet
Asthma publications
Download or order our asthma and other lung health publications.
Download or order asthma publications

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Last medically reviewed: June 2014. Due for review: June 2017.

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