Asthma advice for teens

Asthma affects around 1.1 million children in the UK.

It happens as a result of the body’s immune system reacting to triggers. These triggers can be allergies, environmental factors such as pollen or dust, exercise, stress or illnesses. An asthma attack is a response to these triggers. The airways swell and tighten causing a thick mucus to form making it difficult to move air in and out when breathing.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Coughing – can sound dry or wet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Sweating/feeling clammy/increased heart rate

Asthma care plan

You may have an asthma care plan from your Doctor or Asthma specialist, it is important that you follow steps on the plan to keep yourself well and its useful that this is shared with your school or college so that in the event of an asthma attack, the plan is followed correctly.

It may be that it has been some time since you last had a problem with your asthma, but please always remember to carry your blue inhaler with you as you never know when you are going to have an asthma attack, and this could save your life.

For additional information, you can visit the Asthma UK website