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NATIONAL ASTHMA WEEK 1 - 7 SEPTEMBER

National Asthma Week is the perfect time for people with asthma to reassess how well controlled their asthma actually is. Everyone's asthma is different, and can change over time. Symptoms often vary from person to person.

Please note: It is important that your child has an 'Asthma Action Plan' completed by your Doctor to provide to the College.

How do you recognise Asthma?

People with asthma can have a range of symptoms:

  • Breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Tight chest
  • Persistent cough

Symptoms often occur at night, early in the morning, or during/after activity. A person's asthma symptoms can vary over time - sometimes they will have no symptoms, especially when asthma is well controlled.

How do your symptoms help you understand your asthma?

Everyone's asthma is different and can change over time: that's why it's important for people with asthma to see their doctor at least twice a year for an asthma check-up and more frequently if they have concerns.

If you have asthma, see your doctor if you:

  • Wake up coughing, wheezing or are breathless.
  • Struggle to keep up with normal activity.
  • Use your reliever more than 2 days per week.
  • Are unsure about the way your medications can work best for you.
  • Have had asthma symptoms in the last month or a flare-up in the last year and you are not yet on an asthma preventer medication.

Your local Asthma Foundation can help you:

  • Learn about asthma and asthma first aid.
  • Learn about your asthma symptoms, triggers and medication.
  • Learn about written asthma action plans.

For more information go to: www.asthmawa.org.au

Thank you
Jenny Hill - College Nurse