What is asthma? It is a long-term condition that causes a person to cough, wheeze and have difficulty breathing. Asthma happens when the airways and bronchi, parts of the body that help you breathe, get inflamed. Asthma can be controlled with prescribed medicine but in severe cases, a person can have an asthma attack that causes them to die. Asthma medication is taken using an inhaler (pictured above).
In the news this week, campaigners are trying to get schools to keep spare asthma inhalers in their first aid rooms. At the moment, because inhalers are prescribed medicines, schools are not allowed to give them out, so if a child has an asthma attack, they need to be taken to hospital.
Campaigners say if inhalers are used by schools, hospital admissions will be lower and 1.1 million school pupils could potentially avoid an asthma related death.
In October 2013, The Department of Health, working in partnership with Asthma UK, confirmed they would organise a public consultation to discuss inhalers being kept in schools. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) say they will also give guidance to schools so they know how to use the inhalers.
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