Asthma prevalence in Australia is high by international standards: Asthma Australia reports “about 10% of the population (2 million people) have asthma currently”. It affects one in every ten adults on current statistics from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare. That’s over 2 million people in Australia alone! Asthma also affects about one or two kids out of 10.
Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of complex and incompletely understood genetic and environmental factors, according to the WHO 2012 report. It’s an instigative (likely to arouse a strong reaction) disorder of the airways. Its diagnosis is usually based on the pattern of symptoms and response to therapy over time. The occurrence of asthma has increased significantly since the 1970s. (more…)