NAEP Leaflets

Simple tips to living a healthier lifestyle

What is Asthma

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Asthma affects the breathing pipes or tubes called airways or bronchi. When we breathe in, air passes through the voice-box and down the wind-pipe (called the trachea). The wind-pipe branches into the two main bronchi which take air into the two lungs.

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Control your Asthma

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Asthma usually causes symptoms over a long period and cannot be cured. But asthma can be kept under control so that those affected are able to live normal lives enjoying full involvement in sport and all other activities.

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Allergy and Asthma

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An allergy is when someone has a bad reaction to something in the environment that other people can tolerate. We get allergies when our bodies defence system hurts us instead of protecting us.

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Sports and Asthma

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People with asthma should be encouraged to take part in any sport they choose.

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Lung Function Tests

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Measure how well your lungs are working to decide on the need for emergency reliever treatment.

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Asthma Medicines

10 february 2014

Medicines that are used regularly, whether symptoms are present or not are called controllers (sometimes preventers). Controllers work by reducing the inflammation that results in swelling, mucus and muscle tightening around the airways.

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Risk Factors for Asthma

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A “risk factor” is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition. In the case of asthma there are two different types of risk factors. There are risk factors for developing asthma, and there are separate risk factors for those who already have asthma getting a severe asthma attack.

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Asthma and Pregnancy

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The pregnant woman with asthma may have concerns about her asthma as well as her medications. All commonly used medications for asthma treatment are safe in pregnancy.

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