What is Asthma?

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a medical issue that affects the airways, the airways can be normal until a trigger which can cause them to tighten and narrow, thicken via inflammation and fill up with mucus. This will lead to wheezing, coughing, being short of breath and a feeling of tightness in the chest.

The triggers can be allergic or non-allergic. Allergic triggers include things like pollens, dust mites or mould, whereas non-allergic triggers are things such as infections, exercise, weather (thunderstorms, cold air, etc) or pollution (such as smoke).

Proper treatment is key in managing your asthma symptoms and quality of life, so having an up to date asthma plan organised with your doctor, including the appropriate medical treatment (such as preventer and reliever inhalers) and managing your exposure to triggers, is crucial.

On top of an up to date asthma plan, proper technique is key to correctly using your inhaler to ensure best effect.

Did you know that the majority of Australians with asthma don’t use their inhalers the correct way?

Despite most people feeling confident that they do, only around 1 in 10 demonstrate the correct technique when checked.

Blue Cross Pharmacy offers free inhaler technique checks!

Correct technique will lead to better lung function, fewer asthma symptoms and a better quality of life. Come in and speak to our trained team today for professional advice and support on managing your asthma.