01 September 2011
National Asthma Week
Did you know that more than 120 Victorians die from asthma every year? Many of these deaths are avoidable. On National Asthma Week (1–7 September), find out how you could prevent an asthma emergency.
Have you, or a friend, experienced any of the following symptoms:
- a persistent dry cough, particularly after being active
- wheezing—a whistling noise when you breathe out
- tightness in the chest
- difficulty breathing?
If yes, make an appointment with your doctor, or encourage your friend to seek medical advice. ‘Some people don’t realise that they might be asthmatic,’ says David Towl, Health Promotion Officer from RMIT. ‘Any type of breathing difficulty isn’t normal and should be checked out by a doctor.’
In young people, asthma is mostly triggered by exercise, colds and flu, or allergens such as cigarette smoke, pollen, dust and chemicals.
For more information about asthma or National Asthma Week, check out the Asthma Foundation.
If you require free, confidential advice about your health, email firstname.lastname@example.org.