THE HSE has issued a warning over a common condition that affects the ability to breathe.

And the health chiefs explained seven symptoms to watch out for.

The HSE is warning people that may have a common condition


The HSE is warning people that may have a common conditionCredit: Getty Images - Getty

The HSE tweeted: "Asthma is a common lung condition that affects the ability to breathe.

"This might mean difficulties breathing from time to time, or breathing problems most of the time.

"Learn about symptoms, causes and managing #asthma here:"

Asthma affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood. It carries a risk of severe asthma attacks, which can be life-threatening.

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There are seven symptoms to look out for:

  • wheezing - a whistling sound when breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • a tight chest - it may feel like a band is tightening around it
  • coughing
  • happen often and keep coming back
  • are worse at night and early in the morning
  • seem to happen in response to an asthma trigger such as exercise or an allergy to something such as pollen or animal fur

People are urged to go see a GP if they think they or their child may have asthma.

Asthma attacks sometimes get worse for a short time, it can happen suddenly or gradually over a few days.


The signs of a severe asthma attack include:

  • wheezing, coughing and chest tightness becoming severe and constant
  • being too breathless to eat, speak or sleep
  • breathing faster
  • a fast heartbeat
  • drowsiness, confusion, exhaustion or dizziness
  • blue lips or fingers
  • fainting

When experiencing an asthma attack, they are encouraged to sit upright and take a slow, steady breath and stay calm. Take one puff of your reliever inhaler every 30 to 60 seconds, up to a max of 10 puffs and call for an ambulance.


To prevent the asthma attack, you can reduce your risk by:

There is no cure for asthma but treatment can help control the symptoms so you're able to live a normal, active life.

People with asthma are encouraged to use the asthma action plan to help manage their asthma which can be made with their GP or doctor.

The plan includes information about your prescription, how to take them, how to control your symptoms, what to do if you have an asthma attack, how to know if your symptoms are getting worse and what to do.

And they are encouraged to share their asthma action plan with family, people at work or anyone so they can know what to do if they are having an asthma attack.

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