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Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.

To access up to date information and guidance click on the links below:

Key links:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence:  NICE guideline [NG80] Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management:

NICE interactive asthma flowchart – Asthma

NHS Asthma:

Emergency asthma inhalers for use in schoolsGuidance for schools in England on using emergency inhalers.

Additional resources:

Treatment of Acute Exacerbation of Asthma

Better, faster, more personalised asthma treatment3 projects funded through a collaboration between Innovate UK and Asthma UK will help ensure asthma patients receive better treatment.

Kavanagh J, Jackson DJ, Kent BD. Over- and under-diagnosis in asthma. Breathe 2019; 15: e20–e27.