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No need to live with asthma symptoms

No need to live with asthma symptoms

Breathe Better September, New Zealand’s respiratory awareness month has now reached its finale. The campaign shed a light on New Zealand’s alarming respiratory statistics, while encouraging Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs.

Now that Spring is well underway, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ wants to stress that for most people, there is no need to live with asthma symptoms.

“People do not have to put up with symptoms such as wheezing, tight chest, a cough or feeling breathless due to asthma,” says Dr Stuart Jones, Medical Director of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.

“We’re very fortunate these days in terms of asthma management, for most people asthma can be really well controlled.”

“If you’re using your reliever inhaler two or more times a week, or if you’re waking at night due to coughing or wheezing, there may be a better way to control your asthma,” says Dr Jones.

The Foundation is advising people to review their asthma with their GP, especially if they are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

In New Zealand over 521,000 people take medication for asthma, making it the most common respiratory condition in the country.


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