Asthma is a condition that affects most Australians.
Despite this, there are many misconceptions about this chronic disease.
So let’s clear some of them up, with these five interesting facts.
Fact 1 – asthma impacts most Australians
Two-thirds of Australians are affected by asthma. Most people know one of the 2.5 million Australians who have been diagnosed with asthma. You probably know someone with asthma!
Fact 2 – asthma is a long-term disease
Asthma can develop at any age, even adulthood. Most people don’t grow out of asthma – even though 1 person in 4 may think that – but it can be managed with medication.
Fact 3 – asthma is a life-threatening disease
More than 400 people die because of asthma each year. The right medication, knowledge, and a written Asthma Action Plan can help keep asthma under control. Almost 1 person in every 3 don’t realise asthma is life-threatening.
Fact 4 – asthma triggers are varied
Triggers include pollen, smoke, physical activity and exercise, and viruses like cold and flu. But are you like 1 out of every 2 Australians who know that thunderstorms can trigger asthma flare-ups? Everybody experiences asthma differently.
Fact 5 – using an asthma preventer every day is the best way to reduce symptoms and flare-ups
Using preventers each day reduces symptoms of asthma and flare-ups for most people. These medications mimic the body’s natural response. Research tells us that only 1 in 4 people under age 24 know this. Preventers are the mainstay of asthma management.
I think I have asthma. Help!
If you think you have asthma, we can provide you with all the support you need. Make a booking online, on the HotDoc mobile app, or by calling 9304 0500.
It’s time you started to breathe easy!
Source: Asthma Australia