Tips to better control and manage asthma and hay fever:
Ensure you have an asthma action plan and follow it when you need to.
Take your preventer medication daily as prescribed (unless a doctor tells you not to).
Carry your reliever medication with you at all times, even when you are feeling well.
If you have hay fever, talk with your doctor about the most effective treatment for you.
Call the Asthma Helpline on free call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) to speak to a trained health professional for information and support.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic, generally reversible disease of the airways. People with asthma have sensitive airways which can react to particles in the air. The tiny airways in the lungs constrict, the lining of these airways become swollen and mucus is produced.
Symptoms of asthma
Common asthma symptoms include;
Wheezing – a continuous, high pitched sound coming from the chest while breathing
Shortness of breath – a feeling of not being able to get enough air
A feeling of tightness in the chest
You do not have to have all of the above symptoms to be diagnosed with asthma. If you suspect that you may have asthma, it is important that you visit your Doctor (GP). Only a doctor can make a diagnosis of asthma and prescribe the right medication. Most importantly, your doctor will provide you with a personalised asthma action plan that includes information on your asthma medication and what to do in an asthma emergency.
First aid for asthma
Signs you are having an asthma attack
You have increasing wheezing, cough, chest tightness or shortness of breath
You are waking often at night with asthma symptoms
You need to use your reliever again within three hours
Allergy occurs when a person's immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless for most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in house dust mites, pets, pollen, moulds, foods and some medicines.
Asthma and allergies are closely linked. Allergens can cause inflammation of the airways and trigger asthma symptoms. More than 8 in 10 people with asthma are affected by allergy.
Many people with asthma also have hay fever. Hay fever is the common name for allergic (or seasonal) rhinitis. See the Hay fever page for more information.
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