Asthma 411

 “I can’t breathe, help me, chomie!”

Hearing someone saying these words can be very scary, right? Well, many people across the world find themselves having problems with breathing because of a chronic disease called asthma (pronounced asma).

Having asthma can feel like you’re breathing through a very small pipe, and you can’t get enough air. This is because the pipes in your lungs become swollen and fill up with mucus.

What causes asthma?




                    You can also inherit it from your parents  

What are the symptoms of asthma?

                    Coughing at night or while exercising 

                    Finding it hard to breathe

                    Whistling sounds in your chest

When asthma is untreated, it can lead to serious health problems like scars on your lungs (which make it very hard for you to breathe) or even death. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit your nearest clinic now. You can find and rate your local clinic with our clinic finder.

Can asthma be cured?

Nope, but with medication, it can be managed. Asthma doesn’t have to rule your life, bud – you can still play sports and be active. What’s important is for you to take your meds all the time. Remember to carry your inhaler with you always!

What is an inhaler?

An inhaler looks like a small spray tube that fits in your hand. It’s so small and easy to carry, you can take it everywhere you go. Once you spray it in your mouth and inhale, the medication goes straight to your lungs. There are different kinds of inhalers, and only a nurse or a doctor can tell you which one is best for you.

Remember, you can get asthma at any age. For more about illnesses young people can get, go to our Chronic Disease section.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 30 March 2020 12:14

Hi my son is four years old and sometimes have difficulties in breathing I've taken him to the clinic many times regarding this and suddenly he developed rash on his body and they said it's allergy refusing to test him for asthma What can I do in this manner

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2020 16:40

Hi There, 

You can take your son to another clinic or ask to see the dr when you get to the clinic. It could just be an allergy 

B-Wise User Anonymous 10 December 2019 11:01

Can I work in the mine while I'm asthmatic

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 December 2019 11:49

Hi there, yes you can work when you have asthma.

B-Wise User Kgaugelo26 24 September 2019 12:55

What type of medication does an asthmatic person have to drink

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 September 2019 13:45

Hi there, read this article to get the answers you need