Hi, I have just signed up to Asthma uks site, as a result of some long discussions with friends. I have had asthma moderately for about twenty years, and I am lucky in that I can participate in sports as long as I take my inhaler along. Some of my close friends who dont have asthma have started comparing asthma to panic attacks, and wonder if I actually need to keep my inhaler on me, or even take it at all. Its frustrating, I know panic attacks can be just as crippling but I dont suffer from them, just asthma. I would be really interested to know if anyone else has had this comparison made, and how people feel about this. Any advice on how I can educate my friends as well would be appreciated. i have sent off for some of the asthma uk's booklets.