AsthmaWhat is it?

Asthma is a condition that causes the airways in the lungs to become swollen and inflamed, extra mucousy and the muscles around the airways tighten. Asthma can begin at any age and may change over time, however it typically begins in childhood.

 

Causes

Individuals with asthma are more sensitive to certain triggers, such as;

  • Cold and flu
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Inhaled allergens (eg. dust mites, pollen, mould and animal dander)
  • Environmental (eg. dust, pollution and wood smoke)
  • Changes in temperature and weather
  • Some medications (eg. aspirin)
  • Chemicals and certain scents (eg. purfumes and cleaning products)
  • Emotional reactions (eg. stress)
  • Some food additives and colours (this is rare)

Not all people will have the same triggers and it may be difficult to identify what triggers your asthma. Your GP can assist you with identifying your asthma triggers. This is helpful in order to avoid any reactions.

Symptoms

  • Irritation in the airway
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath

Treatment

Asthma can not be cured, however controlling asthma includes;

– Relief of symptoms
– Avoiding asthma triggers
– Education
– Close consultation and monitoring of symptoms and medications with your GP and healthcare team
– Stay active and healthy

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*Sourced from: www.asthmaaustralia.com.au and www.prevention.com

**Please note these are general recommendations only, and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, health practitioner or pharmacist. We highly recommend that you contact your preferred medical practitioner for further testing if symptoms persist.

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