Posts tagged #Asthma

Asthma Week 1-7 September 2016

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term health condition which affects the airways in the lungs. People with asthma have sensitive airways that narrow in response to a trigger. This can happen at anytime. When a person with asthma is having an asthma flare-up, the muscles around the airways squeeze tight, the airways swell and more mucus is produced. This makes it hard to breathe. A sudden or severe asthma flare-up is often called an asthma attack.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

A person’s asthma symptoms can vary over time - sometimes they will have no symptoms, especially when their asthma is well-controlled. Symptoms often vary from person to person, but they are most commonly:

  • breathlessness  
  • wheezing  
  • tight feeling in the chest
  • continuing cough

Symptoms often occur at night, early in the morning or during/just after activity. They are caused by the narrowing of the airways.

If your asthma is well controlled, you should only have occasional asthma symptoms.

If you have symptoms regularly, you should see your doctor, and visit the Controlling Asthma section.

If you’re not sure if you have asthma you should see your doctor. There is more information on diagnosis in Could it be asthma?

Causes

The causes of asthma are not fully understood, although people with asthma often have a family history of asthma, eczema and hayfever.

Research has shown that exposure to tobacco smoke (especially as a baby or young child), obesity and some workplace chemicals can increase the risk of developing asthma.

Researchers continue to try to find out more about what causes asthma and how we might prevent it.

First Aid Managment

To find out the first aid management for someone who is showing signs of Asthma please book into either our 2 day Beginner First Aid Course (HLTAID003) or our 1 day First aid refresher course (HLTAID003).

You can either book through our website or give one of our friendly staff a call on 07 4987 6947.

 

Posted on September 6, 2016 .

Three or more is very poor. Take Control!

If you use your reliever medication three or more times a week, your asthma is out of control and it's time to see your doctor. 

1-7 September is National Asthma Week. This year Asthma Australia and member Foundations aim to raise significant awareness about improving the lives of people living with asthma.

A critical factor in asthma management is effective self-management by the patient - you, the person living with asthma or the person caring for another who has asthma.

Many people with asthma either do not control or monitor their condition properly, or do not know how. They may not, for example, use their inhalers correctly. They may not take their preventer medications regularly, sometimes due to perceptions about side effects. They may not even think about their asthma as a problem. And most still do not have a written asthma action plan, even though national guidelines recommend it.

This situation confirms the importance of continuing to inform people about their condition and about the best was to manage it. But it also sends a powerful message that information alone is not sufficient to change behaviour. People with asthma need hands-on help. Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations are ideally positioned as the patient-facing organisation to support you.

This is why for National Asthma Week 2013 we have chosen the theme 'Three or more is very poor'.

If you use your reliever medication three or more times a week, your asthma is out of control and it's time to see your doctor.

View our National Asthma Week edition of Asthma Update here. 

For more information about asthma, contact your local Asthma Foundation on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).

Click here to enrol in a Course in Early Asthma Management

 

Posted on September 2, 2013 .