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  • The common symptoms of asthma are wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and cough.
  • Different triggers bring on asthma symptoms in different people.
  • Asthma can be controlled with regular preventer medication (if prescribed) and using a reliever when symptoms flare up.
  • People experiencing asthma-like symptoms for the first time should visit their GP for assessment and advice, and if appropriate develop an asthma action plan.
  • An asthma attack can threaten life – call triple zero (000) for an ambulance in an emergency and tell the operator that someone is having an asthma attack.
  • Find out more about asthma and its treatment – this will help improve your control of asthma and make you feel more confident to look after yourself, your child or anyone in your care.
  • A range of programs and services are available to support Australians with asthma.

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Reviewed on: 29-06-2023