Asthma is a word we are hearing more and more these days. But what is asthma?

Asthma is a condition where the airways swell and get thick with mucous while the muscles around the airways squeeze tight at the same time, making it hard to breathe. People with asthma have sensitive airways that react to triggers that set off their asthma. Not every person has the same triggers, but some common ones include colds and flu, smoke, exercise, dust and pollution, and inhaled allergens (eg. pollens, dust mite and moulds).

Over 2 million Australians have asthma – about 1 in 10 adults and about 1 in 9 or 10 children, which is high by international standards. Some people get asthma when they are young and others when they are older so it is essential to recognise the symptoms and have them checked by your doctor. The range of symptoms are breathlessness, wheezing (a whistling sound as you breath), tight chest, and a persistent cough. You do not however, have to have all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with asthma.Depending on the severity of your asthma, your doctor may prescribe medication to help control these symptoms.

Even with all this knowledge and management, asthma attacks can still happen. An attack is when the asthma symptoms start up or get worse than usual and causes the person distress. The symptoms need treatment because they won’t go away by themselves. They can come on gradually or quickly and can become life threatening if not treated correctly.

Signs of an attack can include:
Mild – cough, minor difficulty breathing, no difficulty speaking in sentences.
Moderate – persistent cough, obvious difficulty breathing, able to speak in short sentences only.
Severe – gasping for breath, pale and sweaty, may have blue lips, speaks only a few words in one breath.

For cases of mild or moderate asthma attacks, stay calm, sit the person upright and give medication as per their management plan. If there is no improvement or the attack becomes severe, call 000 for emergency assistance and follow their directions.

A recent study showed that certain indoor moulds are linked to causing asthma in people who are genetically predisposed. So with mould being a known trigger and cause of asthma it gives added weight to having it removed correctly from your house and keeping your family healthy. It is essential to use a mould removal professional to do this or it could keep reoccurring, putting your loved ones at risk.

Band-aid treatments like domestic grade mould cleaners from the supermarket are not addressing the cause of the mould they are a short term solution that you need to repeat on a regular basis, when what you really want is to understand how to control the mould growth in your home naturally and simply once it has been professionally removed.

If your property has a mould problem and is located in the Sydney, Central Coast or Newcastle areas contact the professionals at Mould Removal today on 0408 681034 or email info@mouldremoval.net.au for an obligation free quote to rid your property of potential health problems.