Ten things you wish someone
had told you about asthma

1 Asthma control means rejoining activities you enjoy and may have been avoiding because of breathlessness.9 Asthma control means no coughing or wheezing, no night-time interruptions and no emergency visits to your doctor or hospital15

2 Asthma can't be cured but it can be managed16

3 If you have asthma, you’re not alone. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world with at least 600,000 New Zealanders affected – including 1 in 7 children and 1 in 9 adults7,6

4 Uncontrolled asthma can lead to double the sick days off work compared with well controlled asthma17

5 Being prepared for any eventuality is important. Know your asthma action plan8

6 Providing your asthma is well controlled, it shouldn't be a barrier to you staying fit or getting involved in your favourite activities, including sport17

7 Emotions such as stress, anxiety, or depression can be triggers of asthma symptoms and attacks. Two out of three people with asthma find that their symptoms and asthma attacks are triggered by stress17

8 An asthma attack can take anything from a few moments to a few days to develop16

9 Half of New Zealand asthma patients think their asthma is under control, when it isn’t!14 Find out if your asthma is controlled by taking this quick test9

10 Your weight can have a direct impact on your asthma. Being overweight puts more of a burden on the lungs which can make your asthma symptoms worse17