Asthma is a long-term lung condition.  People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. These things make it harder to breathe.

One in nine people in Australia has asthma. It affects people of all ages. Some people get asthma when they are young; others when they are older.

Asthma cannot be cured, but for most people it can be well controlled by following a daily management plan.

This page will provide you with an overview of asthma, how it can be safely managed, and how we can help.

What is asthma?


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Manage your asthma

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Asthma first aid

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How we can help

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Asthma resources

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