Updated: Mar 11
Journalist: Tori Henderson (Year 7)
HOW IT WORKS
HOW TO PREVENT ATTACKS AND FLARE UPS
Asthma is quite a common health problem among everyone. Sprays, smoke and air quality can trigger asthma. Some people may be more sensitive to certain things compared to others.
If you have asthma, the inside walls of the airways in your lungs can become inflamed and swollen. This is called a 'flare-up', or if it is serious, it can be an asthma attack. During an asthma attack, your narrowed airways make it harder to breathe, and you may cough and wheeze. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening, but they can sometimes be prevented.
Aerosols, including deodorant and room sprays, can be very problematic and do more harm than good.
The fine mist, when inhaled, combined with the strong fragrance, can trigger an asthma attack. This is why we ask you not to use spray deodorants.
Here are some ways you can prevent an asthma attack during bushfire season
Talk to your GP (General Practitioner) about asthma and see if you need an ASTHMA ACTION PLAN.
Research how asthma can affect you and your family or friends.
Get equipt with prevention medication (if needed).
Get talking. Talk to your friends, family, teachers on ways they can help prevent you or another person having an attack. Of needed kindly ask them to stop doing something that may spark an attack.
Get support. Have a plan in case an attack happens to you or your asthmatic friend, just in case.