Living day to day with well controlled asthma means life as normal with a little extra thought and planning.
Many asthma triggers are common things that may be around the home, so people often ask what they can change at home, or what products might help their asthma.
For others it’s plants and pollens that cause them difficulties with asthma or allergies – if that’s you, read about asthma and allergy friendly gardens. If you find your asthma is worse at work then there are some tips for your consideration. If you travel with work or plan a holiday, there are a few simple suggestions to help you make the most out of your trip.
Having a healthy diet and an active lifestyle is an important part of living well. Being overweight, smoking or suffering from stress or depression can have a significant impact on your asthma.
Managing your asthma means taking control of your health and ensuring that you are taking the right medication in the right way.
With the correct knowledge, skills and medication you can do just about anything - asthma shouldn't stop you!
There are many different medications and treatments available for asthma which can sometimes be confusing.
Asthma is a condition of the airways. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma. This makes it harder for them to breathe.
Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation) Extra mucus (sticky fluid) may be produced, which can block up airways Muscles around the airways squeeze tight. This is called ‘bronchoconstriction’
One in ten people in Australia has asthma - that's over two million people!
Asthma affects people of all ages. Some people get asthma when they are young; others when they are older.
What should I do if I think I have asthma?
If you suspect you might have asthma, you should see your doctor for a professional diagnosis. The good news is that most people can control their asthma with medications and lead a normal life. Once your asthma is well controlled you should experience only occasional symptoms, and asthma attacks (or flare-ups) should be rare.
Note: If asthma is left untreated the long term inflammation of the airway can cause permanent damage to the airway. This can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) so it’s important to see your doctor if you have any concerns.
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