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.”