Spring Asthma

Asthma in Spring
In Australia, spring means many things, whether it’s our beautiful sunshine, pristine beaches or our amazing plants and wildlife. However, for many of us with asthma, springtime (or the dry season in tropical areas) can bring a whole lot of unwanted problems too – such as pollen triggers, thunderstorm asthma and hay fever. On top of this, we remain in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. More on that below.
Did you know that approximately 80% of people that have asthma also have allergies… view some statistics here.

Lately, these issues have become highlighted for people with asthma, with many allergy and asthma symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 – such as coughing, nasal drip, and breathing difficulty. We are seeing the impacts of this play out as barriers to accessing healthcare; and with our surveys showing that many of us are finding it difficult to access GP appointments, we want to make sure everyone is on top of their asthma early this spring. Want to know if you are doing ok with managing your asthma? Take our Asthma Control Test here.

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SPRING ESSENTIALS

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Covid-19 and Asthma

BREATHE YOUR BEST THIS SPRING

Are you prepared for spring this year? The last two years have been unlike any other, especially for people with asthma. Thankfully, our community has shown amazing support for one another during COVID-19, whether it’s learning to live with asthma for ourselves, our friends, or families.

It is an unfortunate reality that many of the symptoms of asthma are present in the COVID-19 checklists. So, when it comes to asthma, COVID-19, and hay fever it’s good to know the different symptoms. If you are displaying any of these symptoms, be sure to be tested – particularly any young ones in the family. We have heard many stories of people who have found it hard to get the healthcare they need in recent times and with spring triggers just around the corner, let’s make prevention our superpower this spring!

There is a lot of cross-over between COVID-19 symptoms, asthma, and hay fever. We know the last thing people want is to be sneezing, blowing their noses, and getting short of breath only to then feel the stigma of others. To help you, we have put together the following resources and links to help you stay in control of your asthma throughout spring.

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Our top tips for seeing your GP during spring and COVID-19 restrictions

Throughout COVID-19, we have heard stories and uncovered data that suggests many of us have put off seeing our doctor about asthma – or have even felt negatively impacted by the need to get tested to access routine medical care. We have put together the following tips to help you stay on top of your asthma this spring and the ways we can keep lines of communication open with our GPs through these times.

Access tips here

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Asthma, COVID-19 & Telehealth: The Doctor is Calling

The doctor is calling for your telehealth appointment – are you prepared? Telehealth has been an option that many people with asthma have used throughout COVID-19. For some people, it can be daunting trying to overcome the barriers that arise when you are unable to see your doctor in person. We have put together the following article to help you prepare for telehealth and look at the ways you can prevent asthma and breathe your best this spring.

Read more here.

Gardening Allergies & Asthma: Plants to Watch for in Your Garden

Spring is one of our favourite times of year to get into the garden and get your plants and grass ready for the warm weather. But it can be problematic for some when it comes to asthma and allergies. Our newest video with Melbourne Pollen’s Dr Ed Newbigin looks at the worst plants to have in your backyard if you are worried about pollen and hay fever. We also touch on wind-pollination, low allergy plant choices, and how pollen counts can help us plan for asthma flare-ups and triggers.

Read more here.

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What’s your experience

Share your asthma story

We know there are a diverse range of issues affecting people with asthma and their loved ones. That’s why your voice matters.

During COVID-19, many of us have new stories and experiences. Our Asthma Champions help us shine a light on the challenges people with asthma face. Share your story here.

Still have more questions about spring asthma?

Speak to an Asthma Educator today by calling 1800 ASTHMA | 1800 278 462

They operate 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, alternatively, you can book a call here and we’ll have someone call you back as soon as possible during business hours.

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