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Trigger warning for asthma sufferers

Monday, 28 October 2019

Over half of all asthma-related emergency department presentations end up in admission, triggering a reminder to all South Australians with asthma to stay on top of their action plans and stay out of hospital.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Executive Director, Health Protection and Licensing Services, Dr Chris Lease, said South Australia has a high rate of asthma-related hospitalisations.

“During spring, the allergies that cause hay fever can make asthma more difficult to manage,” Dr Lease said.

“People who are affected by both asthma and hay fever are more likely to miss school or work, or end up in hospital.

“This is why we are partnering with Asthma Australia to remind people with asthma and allergies of the dangers of asthma triggers and to encourage them to review their personal action plans.”

Asthma Australia’s General Manager of Programs and Policy, Jo Williams, said many people with asthma should be on preventer medication and take it as prescribed, as per their asthma action plan.

“People with asthma have airways that are more sensitive to triggers that may not affect other people in the same way,” Ms Williams said.

“Colds and flu, pollen, dust mites, smoke, and physical activity are all potential asthma triggers however the good news is that with modern asthma medications and good planning, symptoms can be reduced.

“The best way to manage your asthma is by having an Asthma Action Plan, knowing asthma first aid and having regular check-ups with your GP.

“Take your preventer medication daily as prescribed and carry your reliever medication with you at all times, even when you are feeling well.

“If you are having asthma symptoms more than twice a week, we encourage you to speak to your GP about reviewing your plan.”

Asthma Australia publishes the Adelaide Pollen Count, conducted by The University of Adelaide, recording grass pollens and other pollens in the air over the past 24 hours. 

South Australians are encouraged to check the pollen count at www.asthma.org.au/adelaide-pollen-count

Year

Asthma ED Presentations

Asthma Admissions

2014/2015

9521

5043

2015/2016

9761

5254

2016/2017

10226

5383

2017/2018

10123

5612

2018/2019

9557

5163

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