Asthma in­crease

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

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

Asthma af­fects 10 per cent of Aus­tralians.

St John’s gen­eral prac­tice ser­vices head Tim Lip­scombe said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple 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 you should im­me­di­ately call triple zero and ask for an am­bu­lance.

“This can also be the time of year when peo­ple with a pre­dis­po­si­tion to al­ler­gies and hayfever 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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