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Sunday, August 5, 2007

What is Asthma?

People with asthma have sensitive airways. When they are exposed to certain triggers their airways narrow, making it hard for them to breathe.

About Asthma in Australia

  • Over 2 million Australians have asthma.
  • On average, 6 Australians die from asthma every week.
  • 1 in 6 children and 1 in 9 adults has asthma.
  • The highest rat of asthma is amongst people aged between 15 and 24.
  • 40% of children with asthma live with people who smoke.
  • Nearly 25% of people with asthma are smokers.

Things you should know about asthma:

  • Asthma is a serious condition, but is can be effectively managed.
  • Asthma varies for each individual – so everyone needs their own written Asthma Action Plan. Most people with asthma don’t have this vital tool.
  • Reliever medication should be carried at all times by people with asthma.
  • Many people with asthma could benefit from regular preventer medication, but do not use it.
  • People with asthma can learn the signs of worsening asthma, and how they can best manage their asthma triggers.
  • Asthma first aid training is available and may save a life.
  • People with breathing difficulties should be encouraged to ask – could it be asthma?

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