What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition of the small airways. Children with asthma have sensitive airways that are easily irritated by a number of things called triggers.

The triggers cause swelling and inflammation of the lining of the airways and tightening of the muscles around the airways. This makes it hard for air to flow in and out of the lungs.


 This article has been written by Paediatrician and Pulmonologist, Dr Salome Abbott (MBBCh (Wits), FCPaed(SA), MMed(Paed), DipAllerg(SA), Dip Paed Resp Med (Europe), Cert Paed Pulmonology(SA))

Dr Abbott currently has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti and Kingsbury Hospitals in Cape Town. The focus of her practice is treating children with respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung problems. Tel: 021 506 5228 or for full contact details please CLICK HERE