Free asthma education forum

Castle Hill Medical Centre is holding a free Community Health Education Forum on asthma February 26, at 7pm to 8pm.

This is a free forum to learn about asthma, its triggers and how to control it.

There will be a question time with a GP.

- Asthma is more prevalent (common) in Australia than most other countries

- One child in 9 or 10 children will have asthmaOne asthma 

- February is always a bad month for children with asthma -- this is when many children will have their first attack of asthmatheir asthma

- Dawn Fraser, Libby Trickett, Grant Hackett and David Beckham have asthma

HEALTH UPDATE 

While the cause of asthma is unknown, we do know what triggers an attack of asthma.

- For most children, an upper respiratory tract infection (runny nose and cough) is the trigger

- Exercise can trigger an attack

- Changes in air temperature can be a trigger

- Allergies to dust, pollens, animals, foods and some medicines and irritants to the lung like cigarette smoke, bushfires, perfumes and dust can also set off an attack of asthma.

Details: 269-271 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill, 9634 5000.

For more about asthma, go to www.nationalasthma.org.au/understanding-asthma

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