If you have:

  • breathlessness,
  • wheezing,
  • a tight feeling in the chest, and/or
  • continuing cough,

then you may have asthma. You may have all of these symptoms or only a few, and they may come and go.

When does it start?

Asthma can start at any age, and can be more of a problem when it starts in older adults, so don’t assume if you never had it as a child that it’s not possible now.

Maybe I’m just getting older…

No! Being breathless is not a normal part of getting older – it should always be checked out by a doctor.

A diagnosis of asthma is more likely if you have eczema or hayfever, or have close relatives with allergies and/or asthma, and if your symptoms:

  • keep coming back, or happen at the same time each year
  • are worse at night or in the early morning
  • are clearly triggered by exercise, allergies or infections
  • improve quickly with reliever medication

What should I do if I think I have asthma?

If you suspect you might have asthma, you should see your doctor for a professional diagnosis. Don’t ignore it – if you do have asthma, the sooner you get it under control, the faster you can get back to living a full and active life!

How is asthma diagnosed?

Click here to navigate to our diagnosis page.

What else could it be?

There are a range of conditions that have similar characteristics to asthma. Click here to get some more information.