Asthma can be a worrying condition, this internet site has been designed to help you understand asthma and hopefully answer some of your concerns. If you need further information please contact your asthma nurse, doctor or practice nurse, or your local asthma society.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic condition of the bronchioles, or small airways, inside the lungs. Airways are passages through which air flows, providing oxygen - an essential ingredient in maintaining life in the body. Since we need oxygen to live, a lack of it can be very distressing and even dangerous. This section is designed to provide you with some knowledge on asthma. You will find more detailed knowledge on specific topics elsewhere on the website. A range of printed pamphlets is also available from Asthma New Zealand – The Lung Association and its affiliates.