Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes episodes of breathlessness, wheezing, tightness in the chest and coughing. For people who suffer from asthma, their airways can become inflamed and sensitive in reaction to triggers such as pollution, pollen, mould or cold air which restricts the airways making it difficult to breath.

Women over the age of 15 are more likely to develop asthma than men and are more than 2.2 times more likely to be hospitalised for asthma.

The higher prevalence of asthma in women is thought to be linked to hormonal differences. Women often experience a change in asthma symptoms around puberty, at different times during their menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and with the onset of menopause.

While there is no known cure for asthma, most people living with asthma can live comfortably by taking steps to manage their condition. Managing your asthma might include;

  • have a written asthma action plan to help maintain asthma control
  • have a yearly asthma review with a doctor or health professional
  • maintain a daily asthma medication routine

For more information and support services;

Asthma Support Network

Asthma Australia

National Asthma Council Australia

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