This year, Ziggicig is supporting World Asthma Day. Asthma is a life-long chronic lung disease that affects the airways – the tubes that carries air in and out of the lungs. Symptoms of asthma include: breathlessness, coughing and wheezing. Asthma triggers can make symptoms worse and even bring on an asthma attack. In the UK, 5.4 million people are actively receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).

Airways & Asthma Triggers

Those with asthma have ‘sensitive’ airways. The airways are inflamed and are ready to react to anything that irritates the airways, triggering asthma symptoms. The airways react in three ways to triggers:

1. The airways tighten and become narrower.

2. The lining of the airways become inflamed and begin to swell.

3. Sticky mucus or phlegm can build up which narrows the airways even more.

These reactions make it difficult for asthmatics to breathe, triggering asthma symptoms, including: chest tightness, coughing and wheezing and in severe conditions, can lead to an asthma attack.

Smoking and Asthma

There is a list of irritants that trigger asthma symptoms including: chest infections, colds & flus, pollution, pollen, and household pets. One of the biggest triggers is cigarette smoke. In the long run, if you are asthmatic and smoke or around second-hand smoke, asthma symptoms will be harder to manage and if not managed well enough, could cause permanent damage to your lungs.

World Asthma Day Infographic

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