Understanding my asthma

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition where the airways (tubes) that carry air in and out of your lungs become inflamed and narrow. As a result, there is less space inside your airways and the flow of air becomes constricted. Asthma can start at any age, but most often begins in childhood,1 affecting around 1 in 9 Australians.2


As there is no cure for asthma, it’s all about management. That’s why it’s so important to know what your asthma symptoms are. This will help you and your doctor get the treatment you need to bring your symptoms under control, and start breathing easier.

In asthma, airways in the lungs narrow as they become inflamed.1

Reference: 1. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. What is asthma? Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma Accessed December 2016. 2. Asthma Australia. Statistics. Available at: https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/act/about-asthma/what-is-asthma-/statistics Accessed March 2017.