Australia has one of the highest levels of asthma in the world, with an increasing prevalence. Asthma can occur at any age, and is not just a disease of childhood, but is more common in patient’s with a family history of asthma, or in patient’s with other atopic diseases (i.e. eczema, hayfever, allergies). It is important to diagnose and treat asthma early, before permanent lung damage occurs, and to prevent serious exacerbation’s from occurring.

Possible symptoms of asthma could include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheeze
  • Inability to exercise
  • Recurrent chest infections

For more information on this condition, we recommend you visit Australian Lung Foundation.