What is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition caused by hypersensitivity and inflammation of the airways. Symptoms include a cough, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness, and can vary in severity from person to person.

Tips that are relevant now that we move into Spring or changing from one season to another.

  1. Do not smoke and avoid smoky environments
  2. Exercise: think about using the stairs instead of lifts, keep up an exercise routine – aim at least 30 minutes  a day.
  3. Decrease your risk of contracting influenza: don’ t forget you annual flu shot. See your GP to discuss. Special note for seniors: The flu vaccine if free for some groups of Australians, including asthmatics and those over 65 years.
  4. Eat a balanced healthy diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables. Minimise unhealthy fast foods. There is no additional need for over the counter alleged “immune stimulants” – these may even cause allergy symptoms as an adverse effect. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
  5. If you suffer from asthma, be particularly diligent with your preventers when winter coughs and colds due to respiratory viruses are prevalent. Also, be especially careful with sudden weather changes – again be diligent with your asthma medications.
  6. If you have chronic breathing problems, see your GP regularly to maintain your best possible lung health.
Health tips by Professor Robyn O’Hehir, Director, Allergy, immunology and Respiratory Medicine at the Alfred

What is an asthma attack?

During an asthma attack, the lining of the airways swell, there is a buildup of mucus (phlegm) and the muscles around the airways tighten. This causes narrowing of the airways and makes it difficult to breathe.

Rhinitis (Hayfever)

Hayfever can go hand in hand with Asthma so treating hayfever is crucial especially now we are moving into the spring months. Changes of weather, thunderstorms trigger off my hayfever and asthma. Also dust, windy weather and foods with high artificial colours and  additives especially MSG 621.

Asthma Breakthrough: treating the right airways

Research at the Alfred has suggested that current medications are not effecting the right airways when using an inhaler that reaches the medium, to large central airways. In severe asthma the main problem occurs in the peripheral small airways which are deeper down.

A new study in conjunction with a Sydney Hospital is planned to build on promising preliminary research showing that the small airways are the predominant problem area for asthma patients. If this is the case inhaling a smaller particle drug will improve on current treatments. This will be a great benefit for severe and unstable asthma but also with milder forms of the disease.

extracts from Hospital Life: The Alfred

Asthma Australia suggests there is a link between asthma and hayfever? 

“Asthma and hayfever are closely linked, and approximately 80% of people with asthma also suffer from hayfever. Research reveals that treating hayfever can reduce asthma related emergency department visits and hospitalisations.”

Valuable information at

my symptoms of hayfever are:

  • increased coughing and choking
  • sore and runny eyes
  • repeated sneezing
  • getting up more at night and increasing my preventer

Please see your doctor if your asthma symptoms are out of control and you think you have hayfever otherwise it is just a struggle.


Stress is my biggest trigger as well as upsets with different life situations. It is important to find or think about your triggers so y9ur asthma can be better managed.

Different people can have different triggers of their asthma. These can include:

  • ·viral respiratory infections (like the common cold);
  • indoor and outdoor air pollution (such as cigarette smoke or smoke from fires);
  • allergies (house dust mite, moulds, pollens, pets); and
  • exercise
  • stress and worry
  • uncontrolled laughter

Further information  an be obtained from this website



my doctor recommended  this product to ease the effects of hayfever.

Nasonex Allergy Nasal Spray

I find that if I use this at bedtime I have a better sleep

Purchased from Chemist Warehouse at a very reasonable price


Not many products ease an asthma cough or coughing from nerve damage in the throat but one I use and my colleague uses is

Bioglan Throat-Clear 20 Pastilles, also available in Honey & Lemon

for best results do not chew but suck and let the pastille dissolve in the mouth

This Product is available at Chemist warehouse


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