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What is asthma? 
Asthma is a disease that can make it difficult to breath. It inflames and narrows the airways and may cause wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing to irritants (triggers).    
What is a trigger? 
An asthma trigger is anything that brings on asthma symptoms such as coughing; wheezing; or trouble breathing. 
Asthma triggers can include:   
  • cold air or cold damp weather (living in cold and damp homes) 
  • animal fur / dander 
  • smoking (active or passive) 
  • exercise 
  • allergies (pollens) 
  • dust mites / dusty environments 
  • exposure to pollution and toxic chemicals, stress, and even diet 

Correct use of the right prescribed inhalers can help both control asthma symptoms and prevent them from reoccurring in the future. An Asthma Management Plan also helps the individual manage their asthma and maintain optimum control. 

What is an Asthma Management Plan? 
Asthma Management Plans are written instructions, devised with your doctor, outlining the best day-to-day management of your condition to avoid flare-ups and emergency situations occurring due to your asthma. 
Do you need an Asthma Management Plan? Contact us here or call us on 0800 ASTHMA (278 462).  
We support those living with asthma in Hawke’s Bay through a number of services. For more information visit our Services section or read about our services for individuals and families, for schools/ECEs/kōhanga, for health professionals, for employers or our additional services to see how we can help you. 

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