Asthma symptoms

Key asthma symptoms in children and adults


Asthma is a respiratory condition affecting the lungs. It’s very common with one in eleven people suffering from it in the UK. Common symptoms include:

  • breathlessness - finding it difficult to breathe
  • Tightness in the chest
  • A persistent cough which often occurs at night
  • Wheezing- a whistling sound when breathing


Asthma symptoms in children

When children are experiencing asthma it’s common for them to complain of a stomach ache. If this is the case, and they are also breathless, wheezing and coughing then it’s important to see a doctor for medical attention.

While asthma is often detected during childhood, it can occur at any age.

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What happens during an Asthma attack?

If your symptoms are getting worse and your inhaler isn’t helping then you may be having an asthma attack. It’s usually characterised by being too breathless to speak, eat or sleep, and breathing a lot faster, feeling like you cannot catch your breath.

If you experience an Asthma attack then seek emergency medical attention. If you are on the right treatment, then your risk of having one is much lower. You can prevent them by following your personalised action plan set out by your doctor and sharing this with family, friends and work colleagues so that they know what to do should an attack occur.



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