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Young woman using an asthma inhaler, May 2000.

Hills, Jennie

Young woman using an asthma inhaler, May 2000.
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actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Asthma is a respiratory disorder characterised by breathlesnes, coughing and wheezing, where the bronchial pasages, which carry air to the lungs, become constricted. It may be brought on by a variety of stimuli, including an allergic reaction to a substance, as a result of respiratory infection, or it may be caused by exertion, certain drugs, or strong emotion. Anti-asthma drugs are divided into preventers, which are designed to protect the sufferer's airways, making an attack les likely to occur, and relievers, which alleviate the symptoms when an attack does actually occur. Both are commonly administered via aerosol inhalers. It is estimated that there are 150 million asthma sufferers worldwide, with the prevalence of the condition increasing.

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