The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL -

Asthma is caused by in­flam­ma­tion of the breath­ing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.

The rea­sons peo­ple de­velop asthma are still not fully un­der­stood but what is cer­tain is you are more likely to have asthma if a close rel­a­tive also has the con­di­tion.

Although asthma at­tacks can oc­cur ran­domly, they are of­ten sparked by trig­gers such as al­ler­gens — com­mon ones in­clude house mites, an­i­mal fur or pollen.

Other trig­gers in­clude cold air, ex­er­cise, chest in­fec­tions and ir­ri­tants such as cig­a­rette smoke or even strong smells.

There is no cure for asthma but there are ef­fec­tive treat­ments to keep the con­di­tion un­der control.

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