Asthma is a disease of the airways that affects approximately 1 in 10 Australians. Asthma attacks can cause distress to individuals and families affected by the condition, and in severe cases it can be fatal.
Despite this, asthma is treatable and attacks can be limited by correct management. Asthma Australia works to help people with asthma breathe more easily through education, research and advocacy.
Role of pathology in asthma
Pathology services support people with asthma through diagnosis and the identification of allergens that can trigger an attack. Knowing these triggers allows people to avoid them, improving their management of asthma.