Healthy Living Fact Sheets

Living with asthma and allergies can be a challenge. To help make this a little easier we have put together some handy resources to help you and your family face these challenges head on.

It’s all about knowing what to do. Whether you want tips on getting rid of house dust mites, using your inhaler correctly or avoiding allergy triggers in your home – you will find plenty of useful information here.

Please remember that your doctor and pharmacist are the best people to help with you and your family's personal asthma and allergy management. They can provide medicines if needed and give you practical treatment and lifestyle advice appropriate for your individual situation.

See more at the National Asthma Council Australia website >>

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Influenza (the flu)

24 April 2014

Influenza, commonly known as ‘the flu', is an illness caused when an influenza virus infects the respiratory tract – your nose and lungs. See your doctor for a flu shot each autumn. The vaccine is free for people with severe asthma and anyone over 65.

Asthma & Sleepovers

03 February 2014

Children love sleeping over at their friend’s houses and children with asthma are no different. With the right preparation it can be a stress-free and fun evening for the child, his/her parents/carers and the adult in charge.  

The Low Allergen Garden

03 February 2014

A useful guide on how to avoid garden allergens. This guide was created by Asthma Foundation Victoria.

Air Purifiers

16 December 2013

Air purifiers can be effective in removing allergens and irritants from the air. The saying “you get what you pay for” is likely to be true with air purifiers – cheaper machines will be less likely to process as much air effectively as larger better-quality machines.

The materials used in the machine may also be relevant for some highly sensitive people.

Pregnancy and Asthma

04 October 2013

Many women find their asthma changes during pregnancy. Whether your asthma is better or worse, good asthma control when you are pregnant is vital for the best possible health for you and your baby.

Posted under Managing Allergies

Mould

04 October 2013

Exposure to indoor and outdoor areas that are damp and have mould can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Mould is commonly found in bathrooms and fridges. It’s also found in places with little air circulation such as walk-in and built-in wardrobes, and in bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.

Posted under Managing Allergies

Smoking and Asthma

04 October 2013

Cigarette smoke is a major asthma trigger. It seriously damages your lungs, increases asthma symptoms and makes medication work less effectively. People with asthma should not smoke.

Posted under Managing Allergies

Medication tips

04 October 2013

Sticking to your asthma medicines can be hard. These tips can help you manage your asthma medicines and remember to take them as prescribed.

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Dust mites

04 October 2013

House dust mites are tiny little creatures that feed off human skin scales and their droppings are a very common cause of allergies in humid areas of Australia. If you have asthma or allergy, wear a facemask and gloves while you spring clean, and remember to keep your medications handy.

Posted under Managing Allergies

Travelling and holidays

04 October 2013

Travelling should be enjoyable and worry-free if you take a few precautions. Whether you are travelling interstate or overseas, here are the most important points to remember.

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Asthma at a glance

04 October 2013

Asthma is a disease of the airways, the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. When you have asthma symptoms the muscles in the airways tighten and the lining of the airways swells and produces sticky mucous.

Posted under Managing Allergies

Food Allergies

04 October 2013

Food allergies are an uncommon trigger for asthma. Despite what many people think, cow’s milk and other dairy foods rarely trigger asthma symptoms in people without milk allergy.

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Allergy at a glance

04 October 2013

Allergies occur when your body’s immune system reacts to substances in the environment that do not bother most people. These substances are known as allergens.

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Healthy eating for asthma

04 October 2013

Maintaining a healthy bodyweight can help make your asthma easier to manage. Here's the skinny on why weight matters.

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Travel Insurance

04 October 2013

People with asthma who travel interstate or overseas should consider taking out travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses.

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Colds and Flu

04 October 2013

Common colds are a common trigger of asthma flare-ups, particularly in children.And these viral infections are thought to be involved in around 4 out of 5 bad asthma attacks in kids.

Exercise and asthma

04 October 2013

Exercise is great for health and well-being, and having asthma shouldn't stop you playing sport or taking part in any other activity.

Bushfires

04 October 2013

For people with asthma living in or near high risk bushfire zones, the bushfire season is time to be on high alert for asthma symptoms. People in areas not directly impacted by the bushfires, including built up areas, are also at risk as winds can carry smoke and ash particles long distances.

Car Air Filters

04 October 2013

When in a car, you can be exposed to allergens or respiratory irritants, which can impact your comfort and driving.

Processes and treatments

01 October 2013

A number of Sensitive Choice approved products are approved (in part) because the products contain certain treatments or attributes. Following is a brief overview of some of these.

Pets and allergies

18 June 2012

Avoiding pet allergens can be difficult if the source is a much-loved family pet. Dogs and cats are the most common pets in Australian households – and the most common cause of pet allergies.

Posted under Managing Allergies

Asthma Winter Checklist

01 June 2012

Colds and flu can hit hard if you have asthma. In fact, the common cold is behind around 4 out of 5 bad asthma attacks. Make sure your lungs are in the best possible shape for winter by following these steps.

Posted under Managing Allergies

Climate control in your home

13 February 2012

House dust mites and mould – two of Australia’s leading asthma and allergies triggers – thrive in humid conditions. A dry, well-ventilated home can help your family breathe easier. Here's some tips on keeping a healthy home.

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Cleaning Tips

01 December 2010

All sorts of asthma and allergy triggers can accumulate in your home over winter, especially house dust mites and mould. These cleaning tips can help reduce the impact of these common triggers on you and your family.

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Bites and Stings

29 June 2010

We all find the itch of a mosquito bite, or the pain of a bee sting very unpleasant, but for some it can trigger an allergic reaction. Fortunately severe allergic reactions are uncommon, yet even a mild reaction can be very uncomfortable.

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