Asthma Australia Senior Manager Nigel Cooper sat down with GP Dr Tim Senior to completely unpack this myth, ask questions, and talk about how to approach asthma without a wheeze with your GP. Watch the video below.
Summary of interview
1:25 – Wheeze as a symptom of asthma
2:05 – What actually is asthma?
2:58 – Why do you think this wheeze and asthma misconception exists?
ALL ABOUT WHEEZE
4.03 – What’s a wheeze and does it mean someone’s asthma is getting worse?
5:02 – Do you hear an asthma wheeze when you breathe in or breathe out?
5.45 – Some people don’t wheeze all the time, can asthma symptoms change with different triggers?
7:20 – Is it normal to wheeze all the time with asthma?
BUSTING THE MYTH – NON-WHEEZING + SYMPTOMS
8:38 – We’ve heard people don’t ever get a wheeze with asthma and we’ve heard this term coined silent asthma, is this correct?
10.41 – for people who don’t wheeze is cough the most common symptom? (looks at all symptoms and triggers, looking for patterns of triggers and symptoms)
12:22 So thinking about parents – so recognising that not everybody wheezes with their asthma what kind of symptoms or signs should a parent look out for that 1. Their child might have asthma (non-wheeze) or 2. They’re having a flare-up or an asthma attack?
13.42 – What about in really young children like a three year old, is there anything physical that you might see?
DIAGNOSING ASTHMA IN PEOPLE WHO DON’T WHEEZE – TIPS WITH GPs
15:22 – From a diagnostic point of view, is it more difficult to diagnose people with asthma who don’t have a wheeze?
16:50 – Does every GP do spirometry and if they can do spirometry are there any age limits that apply?
18.19 – Do patients come to you with symptom diaries, is this useful? Or for their child?
20.20 – Question from Facebook – parent presenting child to the GP but the flare up has stopped, GP tells parent to go home to monitor symptoms.
23:43 – Can any GP do an Asthma Action Plan for someone with asthma?
24.17 – This has come through our Facebook page – is yawning a symptom of asthma?
26.36 – Is there anything else on World Asthma Day that you think is important to share?