Heads up on bet­ter ways to man­age asthma

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ASTHMATICS are be­ing urged to bet­ter man­age their con­di­tion after St John med­i­cal cen­tres re­ported an in­crease in vis­its from peo­ple suf­fer­ing breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

With asthma af­fect­ing 10 per cent of Aus­tralians, St John’s gen­eral prac­tice ser­vices head Tim Lip­scombe said peo­ple needed to take no­tice of their symp­toms and un­der­stand the best way to treat them.

“Symp­toms in­clude a cough, wheez­ing, chest tight­ness and breath­less­ness, and can vary in sever­ity from per­son to per­son,” he said. “If not man­aged ef­fec­tively, asthma symp­toms can be se­vere, in which case im­me­di­ately call triple zero (000) and ask for an am­bu­lance.

“This can also be the time of year when peo­ple with a pre­dis­po­si­tion to al­ler­gies and hay fever start to suf­fer symp­toms, which can some­times be sim­i­lar to those of a cold or flu.

“These symp­toms can cause quite a de­gree of dis­com­fort and in­ter­fere with your ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties, but the cor­rect treat­ments can be ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing these symp­toms.”

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