Australians with asthma are encouraged to breathe better and feel better on World Asthma Day (May 3 2016) by following a five-step healthy living plan from the National Asthma Council Australia.
Currently, there are 2.5 million people living with asthma in Australia, which is more than the population of Brisbane. Asthma affects one in 10 children and adults.
Associate Professor Ian Charlton from the National Asthma Council’s General Practitioner Advisory Group said that the good news is asthma can be controlled.
“It’s all about knowing what to do. As well as understanding your asthma triggers and medicines, there are everyday healthy lifestyle choices you can make to help stop asthma holding you back,” said Dr Charlton.
The National Asthma Council has compiled a five step plan to help you breathe better and feel better with asthma.
With winter around the corner Dr. Charlton also reminded those who have asthma to get a flu shot.
“Having the flu on top of asthma can be life-threatening. Make sure you’re protected – the flu vaccine is free for many people with asthma," said Dr. Charlton.
Taking care of your asthma also involves:
More than 300 million people worldwide have asthma. World Asthma Day is annual event aimed at improving asthma awareness and care around the world.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. People with asthma experience episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and chest tightness due to widespread narrowing of the airways. Although there is currently no cure for asthma, with the right knowledge and good management, most people with asthma can lead full and active lives.
For further information, or to arrange an interview with a National Asthma Council Australia spokesperson, please contact:
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