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1 in 10 Australians have to deal with asthma. that's over 2 million people. Asthma is a long-term condition that affects a person's breathing. It is a serious cause of ill health. People with asthma experience things like wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest tightness due to widespread narrowing of the airways.

A number of factors are thought to increase your chances of developing asthma. These include:

  • Having a blood relative (such as a parent or sibling) with asthma

  • Having another allergic condition

  • Being overweight

  • A smoker

  • Second-hand smoking

  • Exhaust fumes

Ways to prevent gettig asthma:

Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia.

Identify and avoid asthma triggers.

Monitor your breathing.

Identify and treat attacks early.

Take your medication as prescribed.

Pay attention to increasing quick-relief inhaler use.