If you or your child have asthma, you’ll know that the cooler weather can be a trigger for asthma symptoms, either due to the viruses doing the rounds or even just the cold, dry air itself. There are steps you can take now to reduce the chances of flare-ups this winter.

  1. See your GP for an asthma check-up.
    We can look at how your control is going, whether you’re on the right medications, check your device technique and much more including all of the steps below. Aim for an asthma check-up at least every 6-12 months.
  2. Check your Asthma Management Plan.
    Not just for kids, an up-to-date written plan can reduce flare-ups, days off school or work and trips to hospital.
  3. Take your preventer medication.
    If you have been prescribed it, make sure you take it every day, even when you’re well. If not, we can look at whether it might help you this winter.
  4. Check your inhaler technique.
    It’s important to get this right to get the most out of your medication. A spacer device can be very effective and is especially important for kids.
  5. Ask us about vaccinations.
    This is extra important for people with asthma including flu, pneumonia and covid-19 vaccines. Talk to us about which ones are right for you.
  6. Keep an eye on the air quality.
    This time of year can bring hazard reduction burns around Sydney, so follow local conditions and stay indoors if advised to.

A little bit of preparation is the key to helping you enjoy the cooler weather this year!

For more information and resources visit Asthma Australia.

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