Asthma Management & Lung Health
Breathlessness, wheezing, a persistent cough? These are all common symptoms of Asthma.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a long-term lung condition which affects one in nine Australians of all ages. Asthma can cause inflammation of the airways, which can narrow in response to certain triggers such as allergies or pollution. This temporary tightening of the airways is called a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airways narrow, the airways become inflamed and there is an increased production of mucous.
Despite available effective treatment options, many people with asthma still experience symptoms. An individualised Asthma Action Plan can help you understand and control your asthma. It’s important to develop an individualised plan which outlines what to do when you are not displaying symptoms, when symptoms are present and if the symptoms worsen.
Health Check Procedure
Your Pharmacist can work with you to develop a written Asthma Action Plan which you can discuss with your doctor. They’ll go through some questions about your symptoms, medications and inhaler techniques. Your Pharmacist may refer you to a GP for more assistance with your asthma management.
Tips & Advice
• Always have your Asthma Action Plan close by.
• It’s important to see your GP for regular check-ups.
• Consider using a spacer device.