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Asthma is a chronic condition, People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs. When they are exposed to certain triggers, their airways narrow making it hard for them to breathe

Specialists may refer asthma using a variety of terms. Therefore, you should understand that asthma is often considered a synonym or a condition closely related to the following:

Bronchial Asthma
Occupational Asthma
Paediatric Asthma
Reactive Airway Disease

Whether you have asthma or your know someone with asthma, please realise that although asthma cannot be cured; with proper knowledge and medications, patients with asthma can lead a perfectly normal life.

Click on the below links to find out more about asthma

Web Based Movie
Help lines
Useful questions
Asthma research

Web based movie on asthma

Click here to see a web-based movie will tell you all about asthma, its medication & triggers.


Asthma-related organisations:

Asthma Australia
American Lung Foundation
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Asthma Society of Canada
British Lung Foundation
British Thoracic Society
National Asthma Council, Australia
Asthma Foundation of Western Australia
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand
Global Initiative for Asthma

We have selected some other useful sites on asthma for your interests.
Your Practice Online is not responsible for the content of any of these sites.

Compiled by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology this site focuses on research done in the US. Information is provided in the form of brief factsheets and there is a question and answer section on asthma.

Whatever you are allergic to, you'll find this site a really useful resource.
It's a gateway to all the asthma, allergy and intolerance information on the web.
You can search through articles on allergies, find out about allergy organisations,
as well as the latest publications and products available.

Published by the Canadian Lung Association this site includes a series of presentations on asthma management, asthma & exercise, allergies, nutrition,
asthma at school, asthma and pregnancy and asthma medications.

Produced by the Leicester Branch of the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association this is a useful UK based web site providing comprehensive information relating to asthma and allergies.

EFA is the European Federation of Asthma and Allergy Associations, an alliance
of 27 organisations in 14 different countries across Europe. Their web site gives comprehensive, unbiased information on aspects of asthma and allergy.

Click here to view some some useful health related websites.


Asthma helplines

In Australia, Advice Line

1800 645 130 (free call).

Useful questions

To help you keep your asthma under control, it is important that you are given the information you need to understand your condition. Sometimes it is difficult to know what questions to ask your doctor or nurse. Below are a list of the questions you might like to ask. Print out this list and tick the questions you would like to know the answer to.
If you or your family have any further questions, you can add them to the list and take it with you when you next see your doctor or nurse.

What is asthma?
Why have I got asthma?
What are the symptoms of asthma?
What are peak flows and what do they mean?
Will I always have asthma?
What treatment is there for asthma?
What are relievers and when should I use them?
What are preventers and why should I take them regularly?
What other treatments are there for asthma?
How do I use my inhaler?
What are the side effects of treatment?
Are inhaled steroids safe?
What about complementary therapy?
How will asthma affect what I can do?
How can I avoid the triggers that make my asthma worse?
Can I exercise with asthma?
Can I go camping, go on holiday?
Will it affect my job?
Should I have allergy tests?
What about asthma attacks?
How will I know my asthma is getting worse?
What should I do if my asthma gets worse?
How do I know if it is an emergency?
How do I know when I am better?
How do I make sure I stay well?
List any other questions you have about:
having asthma
asthma treatment
living with asthma
asthma attacks

Asthma Research


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