This year's theme is 'It’s time to control asthma' so take some time today to really think about how your asthma is going. Have you become used to putting up with symptoms? Are you avoiding activities that may make you breathless? When did you last have a thorough review of your asthma with your GP? You don’t have to be unwell to have a check-up and there could be some simple steps you could take to breathe easier.
Older women are most at risk of dying from asthma
In total, 389 deaths were recorded in 2013, affecting 248 females and 141 males. Overall the asthma death toll dropped by five people, compared with 2012 data but more than 40% of these deaths were in women aged over 75.
Dr Jonathan Burdon AM, Chair of the National Asthma Council Australia and respiratory physician, said that “Contrary to popular belief, people can get asthma for the first time later in their lives. Without proper attention and management, new-onset asthma can be as deadly as long-standing asthma in adults if ignored. It is essential that those who experience asthma signs and symptoms take action, and not dismiss or confuse them as simply due to ‘old age’.”
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We are pleased to be working with Choosing Wisely to help Australians make better choices when faced with the complexity of tests, treatments and procedures available to modern medicine. Choosing Wisely has started the conversation with the medical community, and some of the first recommendations are about allergy tests and treatments.
Humidity levels in the home can play an important role in family health, particularly where asthma and/or allergies are present. High levels of indoor humidity are likely to be more prevalent for many Australians, with dust mite allergens being a key trigger for asthma and allergies. Find out ways you can help manage humidity in your home by downloading our new factsheet.