There are common Asthma symptoms shared between each of these. But there are also many differences.
Here, we help clear the air around the various symptoms — and how they relate to each other. This asthma action plan is the first step to getting the best diagnosis and the correct treatment.
Gradual or sudden onset of symptoms
Sudden onset at particular times of year
|Common Cold |
Gradual onset of symptoms
|Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing||Common||No*||No*|
|Aches and pains||Rare||No||No|
*Those who get allergies may also experience asthma during allergy season — and vice versa. Colds can also trigger or worsen asthma symptoms.
If you’re unsure about what might be affecting you, please contact a GP. They can help you:
InstantScripts® GPs can help with asthma or allergy diagnosis, management and specialist referrals.
Asthma affects 1 in 9 Australians. The most common asthma symptoms are:
Asthma symptoms are typically mild. But sometimes, symptoms can flare up and require hospital care.
Call triple zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance if you have symptoms of severe asthma:
To combat your asthma, you need a plan. This is called your asthma action plan. It’s essentially a set of instructions that includes:
Your asthma action plan may need tweaking from time to time. Keep it up to date by checking in with your doctor regularly.
There are three main types of medicine to treat asthma:
• Asthma relievers help open your airways quickly to relieve symptoms during an asthma attack. They work within minutes and the effects can last for a few hours.
• Asthma preventers help prevent asthma attacks. These medicines relax your airways. Preventer Asthma medication comes in either inhaler (Asthma puffers) or tablet form and should be taken every day.
• Asthma controllers are medicines that help to control asthma when a preventer medication isn’t enough. They help in a similar way to asthma relievers, but last longer. They are often combined with a preventer medicine into a single inhaler.
It also helps to have flu vaccination each year. Flu and other respiratory viruses are common asthma triggers.
Already using a medicine for asthma and need a repeat script? InstantScripts can help with that.