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Understanding Asthma

Understanding Asthma

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Most people would recognise asthma in a child or adult as attacks of wheezy breathelssness, somtimes on exertion, somtimes at rest, somtimes mild, sometimes severe. Some would recognise specific 'triggers' - for example animals, fumes, pollens,. Some might think of asthma as a condition of children, some as a condition able to affect somone of any age. Some would regard occasional nuisance requiring intermittent treatment. Surely they all can't be right? - in a way they can, although it is this wide range of factors involved in asthma that makes it difficult to come up with a simple definition.


  • What is asthma
  • How much asthma is there?
  • Causes and triggers of asthma
  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Prevention and self-help
  • Drugs used in the treatment of asthma
  • The managment of asthma
  • Asthma in elderly people
  • Special forms of asthma
  • Occupational asthma
  • Complementary treatments
  • The future
  • Questions and answers
  • Useful addresses
  • Index
  • Your pages

About the author

Professor Jon Ayres - after an honorary appointment as Professor of Respiratory Mdeicine at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the author is now Professor of Environmental and Occupationsl Medicine in the University of Aberdeen. He has a special interest in asthma and the effects of air pollution on the lungs.

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