National Asthma Week awareness

September 2nd, 2013

Did you know that this week in Australia it is National Asthma Week? Running from September 2-7, National Asthma Week is taking place to raise awareness about this significant ailment, which one in 10 people in Australia have.

You might have noticed you have a congested baby at times, but how do you tell whether it's just a baby cold, allergies or something else? It's always best to go to the doctor, but some signs of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a dry, irritating and continual cough – especially if these symptoms continue to return periodically.

This happens because those with asthma have sensitive airways which react to triggers, leading to difficulties in breathing. Inflammation begins in the airway, extra mucus can be produced and the airway's muscles can contract tightly.

For a definitive diagnosis, you will need to consult a medical professional.

Triggers for asthma vary, but can include air pollution, aerosol sprays, dust mites, exercise, mould, pets, smoking and more. Fortunately, there are many treatments for those suffering from asthma so people with asthma can lead normal lives. 

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