Asthma is a common disease - it affects about five million people in the UK. Asthma often starts in childhood, but it can happen for the first time at any age – even in people in their 70s or 80s.


Asthma affects the airways – the tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs. People with asthma have sensitive airways which become irritated in some situations.The airways become narrow and sometimes produce more mucus than usual. This makes it difficult to breathe.


More details on Asthma, it's causes and advice are available from Asthma UK

Useful Links

Asthma Tools and Resources

MyAsthma App


MyAsthma has been developed with healthcare professionals both at GSK and the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit to ensure quality and accuracy in the information it provides.

The app is designed to help patients understand their asthma by providing environmental and lifestyle information that may be relevant to their condition, together with data indicating the status of their asthma.


Patients or their carers have the ability to check and track their asthma control by using the Asthma Control Test (ACT) or the Childhood Asthma Control Test (C-ACT) as appropriate within the app, and they can export information from the app to share with their healthcare professional if they choose to do so.

Asthma Risk Test


Asthma UK  have developed a simple check for people with asthma who are 12 years and older. It only takes a few minutes and will show your risk of an asthma attack. You'll also get a personal asthma report packed with simple tips and advice to help you deal with your asthma

What is Asthma?

Short Animation

This animation from NHS Choices shows how asthma affects your breathing and some of the causes that can cause or trigger Asthma

Common Inhaler Types and How to Use Them

Inhaler Techniques

Inhaler technique is very important in Asthma management and control. 


​This is a series of videos by NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group. There is a short video for all common types of inhaler. 

What Happens During an Asthma Attack

Warning: contains scenes that some viewers may find upsetting

This video follows a young man as he suffers an asthma attack.

Courtesy of the Department of Health South Australia

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Asthma Videos