Asthma

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Asthma is a common lung condition which affects over two million Australians. One in ten people in Australia have asthma, and it affects people of all ages.

TerryWhite Chemmart has teamed with Asthma Australia to provide help and guidance to those with Asthma manage their condition, with assistance and products available in store. Visit a TerryWhite Chemmart today.

Asthma Back to School

The first few weeks back to school can be a tricky time for children with asthma and Asthma Australia reports that emergency departments experience an increase in children attending due to asthma at the start of each school year.

This spike occurs in both school and pre-school aged children and occurs due to a number of different factors, including:

  • When children’s asthma is well controlled in summer, sometimes preventer medicines are not taken daily as prescribed.
  • Children mix with others and there is an inevitable spreading of viruses

START THE YEAR WITH AN ASTHMA PLAN

It’s back to school time and a peak season for asthma. Make sure your child’s Asthma Plan is TOP OF YOUR TO-DO LIST.

IT’S EASY AS 1, 2, 3…

  1. Review & update your child’s Asthma Plan with your GP
  2. Visit TerryWhite Chemmart to purchase your child’s reliever medication and a spacer
  3. Share your plan with the school and provide them with a spare reliever in case of an asthma attack

Our pharmacists can provide advice and support to better manage your child’s asthma. They’ll also help you comply with school requirements to ensure your medication and spacer are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Speak with one of our pharmacists today and receive a FREE bag tag and asthma spacer name sticker.

Symptoms & Triggers

All people with asthma have their own set of triggers, but some common ones include:

  • Colds
  • Smoking (including passive smoking)
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Cockroaches
  • Animal dander
  • Feathers
  • Moulds
  • Changes in the weather
  • Exercise

People with asthma can have a range of symptoms, such as:

  • Breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Tight chest feeling
  • Persistent cough

Do I need to see a pharmacist? 

Your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can provide you with important information about how to properly manage your asthma. We’re able to provide you with:

  • Inhaler technique checks to help you get the most out of your medication (click to view the inhaler technique video from Asthma Australia)
  • Spacers to help improve how much medication reaches the lungs
  • Your Asthma Control Score Check so you can check your asthma progress
  • Medication management assistance, such as keeping your prescription on file or sending SMS reminders when you’re due for a repeat

If you’re looking for professional advice and guidance regarding any of the above points, we suggest you see your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist.

Although at present there is no cure for asthma, with good management, the right treatment and an active commitment to control their own symptoms, people with asthma can lead a healthy life.

4-Step Asthma First Aid

TerryWhite Chemmart partnering with Asthma Australia

With like-minded visions and values, TerryWhite Chemmart has developed a partnership with Asthma Australia to focus on delivering better health outcomes for Australians.

Asthma Australia and the Asthma Foundations have been the leaders in asthma health care and research for over 50 years, delivering high-quality support to people with asthma and their carers.  As one of the country’s largest and most respected respiratory organisations, Asthma Australia delivers evidence-based preventative health strategies to over 200,000 people every year.