If asthma symptoms occur, do not delay:
First Aid for Asthma chart tailored to combination inhalers
The new First Aid for Asthma chart is based on combination inhalers with Formoterol (Symbicort, Fostair, DuoResp, BiResp) and outlines how to use one of these inhalers if this is the person’s usual reliever. It is designed for patients using a combination preventer and reliever medication that uses formoterol as the reliever.
For people with asthma living in high risk bushfire zones, the bushfire season is time to be on high alert for asthma symptoms. Smoke and increased air pollution from fires can trigger asthma symptoms, as can high emotions such as stress and anxiety.
Anyone with asthma living in a high-risk bushfire zone should include asthma management in their fire safety survival plan:
Bushfire smoke and debris can trigger asthma symptoms, such as:
If you have asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions, or if you are responsible for a child or older person with asthma, be aware of the risk and the fact that these triggers can linger long after the actual bushfire threat has subsided.
This is also critically important for the many hundreds of volunteers, emergency personnel and media representatives working within the fire zones.
People in areas not directly impacted by the bushfires, including built-up areas, are also at risk as winds can carry smoke and ash particles long distances.
Try to reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors with the doors and windows closed, doing as little outdoor activity as possible and using re-circulated air in the car.
Increased presentations for asthma should be expected around fire zones and in other areas affected by smoke haze.
General practices and pharmacies around these areas should ensure they have good supplies of reliever medications and spacers, particularly for emergency use.
It is important to note that information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.