More than 2.5 million Australians suffer from asthma, and the majority of them (around 80%) also suffer from allergies or hay fever.

More than 2.5 million Australians suffer from asthma, and the majority of them (around 80%) also suffer from allergies or hay fever.

According to Asthma Australia, these people tend to have:

  • More asthma flare-ups and attacks
  • More visits to their doctor
  • More asthma-related hospitalisations
  • More time off work and school
  • Higher annual medical costs.

It can be more difficult to manage your asthma symptoms if your allergy symptoms arent under control, so it’s important to get on top of your asthma strategy before spring has sprung!

 

 

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease of the airways, which makes it difficult for a person to breathe. While there is no cure for asthma, people with good asthma management can lead normal and active lives.

Common asthma symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • A feeling of tightness in the chest.

 

 

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when a person’s immune system reacts to substances that are typically harmless in most people, such as dust mites, pollen, mould and pet dander.

The allergic reaction can cause redness and swelling in the person’s

  • Nose and/or eyes (allergic rhinitis)
  • Skin (eczema, hives)
  • Lungs (asthma).

The National Asthma Council Australia says it’s important to work out which allergens in your environment trigger your asthma, and avoid or reduce your exposure to them.

 

 

How to control the symptoms

Spring can be a particularly difficult time for people with asthma or allergies. Asthma Australia has some great tips to prepare including:

 

  • Get an asthma review, click here to book.
  • Take an asthma control test
  • Identify your spring triggers and work with your doctor to develop an Asthma Action Plan
  • Take your preventer medication even when well
  • Check your device technique
  • Learn the steps of asthma first aid.

 

 

A Ramsay Pharmacist can also help you manage your asthma or allergy symptoms, chat to your pharmacist today. Find your nearest pharmacy here