Asthma is common problem for Australians, It affects over 2 million of us. Samantha Riley, Dawn fraser and Alan Border- some of our most famous athletes have asthma. They are living proof that having asthma should not stop you from enjoying an active life.

If you, or a loved one have been diagnosed with asthma, then you will want to find as much information as you can about it. This is the best thing you can do, because with asthma, knowledge really is power. By talking to your Doctor you can learn how your asthma affects you - and come up with a management plan to take control of your asthma.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting people of all ages. It happens when the main air passages of your lungs, the bronchial tubes, become inflamed. The muscles of the bronchial walls tighten and extra mucus is produced, causing your airways to narrow. This can lead to everything from minor wheezing to severe difficulty in breathing.

Why do people get asthma?

The causes of asthma aren’t really understood, but people with asthma often have a family history of asthma, eczema or Hay fever. In general, people sensitive to allergens or irritants the environment also has a tendency to get asthma.

Asthma can develop at any age. Children exposed to smoke during pregnancy, or early childhood, also have a higher risk of developing asthma.