What is Asthma
People suffering from asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs. When they are exposed to certain triggers their airways narrow, leading to difficulty in breathing
These changes produce airway obstruction, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing.
Asthma affects over two million Australians, and it can start at any age, though it is more common in children.
Signs and Symptoms of Asthma
- shortness of breath
- chest tightness
- a dry, irritating and continual cough which gets worse at night and after exercise
Contacting your GP
If you have Asthma, our GP can help you control it by writing an asthma action plan which will help you identify what triggers your Asthma, and prescribe the appropriate medication to control your asthma, the type and amount you need to take will depend on your symptoms, and how often you have them.
With appropriate treatment and a personal commitment to good self-management, most people with asthma can lead normal life.