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Asthma: How Does it Affect the Body?

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition causing a combination of variable respiratory symptoms which may include but are not limited to wheezing, shortness of breath, cough and excessive variation in lung function (National Asthma Council Australia 2019).

People with asthma have hypersensitivity to ‘triggers’ (external stimuli) that may set off symptoms. Triggers commonly include cigarette smoke, pollen, exercise and dust mites (National Asthma Council 2017).

People may experience flare-ups when symptoms start or worsen. These require treatment and may become serious medical events (National Asthma Council Australia 2019).

Some individuals may only experience symptoms when exposed to a trigger, but others may experience symptoms all of the time (CDC 2016).

Asthma is considered a spectrum of conditions with several recognised phenotypes that vary in severity (National Asthma Council 2019; Severe Asthma Toolkit 2019).

It is estimated to affect 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 9 children in Australia, causing about 400 deaths annually. Over 2.7 million Australians have asthma, including children and adults (Asthma Australia 2018).

Although it cannot be cured, if managed properly, those with asthma should be able to enjoy unhindered lives (National Asthma Council 2019).

Delivery
Title
Asthma: How Does it Affect the Body?
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Asthma and or COPD
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
29-Mar-2020
End Date
29-Mar-2023
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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