Asthma is a narrowing of the airways of the lungs.

When exposed to certain 'triggers' the airways of those with asthma will narrow, making it hard for them to breathe.

Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:

  • The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation)
  • Extra mucous (sticky fluid) may be produced
  • The muscles around the airways tighten (bronchoconstriction)

It is estimated that roughly only half of children (0-14 years) that have asthma have an Asthma Action Plan ready to call on.

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1 in 9
People in Australia have asthma
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Deaths occur in Australia due to asthma each year
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