The key to preventing an asthma emergency is recognising the signs and symptoms of an asthma flare-up early.
Although asthma is a very treatable and manageable condition, in some cases it can be fatal without proper attention. If you or someone you know has asthma, having a solid understanding of the signs and symptoms may help you stop a dangerous situation from developing.
Around 2.7 million Australians (11% of the total population) have asthma.
In 1989, asthma caused 964 deaths in Australia. Due to a number of asthma awareness groups and a wide range of educational initiatives, this number fell to 378 in 2011. In order to keep this number on the decline, people need to take the appropriate preventative measures and learn the warning signs of an asthma flare-up.