Asthma   COPD

What is Asthma?

During an asthma attack the airways swell and tighten causing them to narrow and reduce the flow of air into and out of the lungs.

This leads to the asthma symptoms of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.

of a Person
Without Asthma
Inflammation of a
Person With Asthma
Constriction of a
Person With Asthma
Air can move in and out of the lungs easily when the airways are open and relaxed.
Breathing can be difficult when airways get red & swollen (inflammation).
It's harder to breathe when muscles spasm and tighten your airways (bronchospasm).
Your asthma triggers are unique to you1, but common triggers that can irritate the airways and bring on asthma symptoms include:

  • Dust, house mites and mould.
  • Pets - usually furry or feathered.
  • Pollens and plants.
  • Smoking - including passive smoking.
  • Household cleaning products, chemicals, fumes and dust.
  • Weather, temperature and seasonal changes.
  • Cold and flu viruses.
  • Stress and anxiety.
  • Exercise and activity.
  • Some medicines.

People with asthma are more likely to have one or both parents with asthma and a family history of allergic diseases such as asthma, hay fever, or eczema.

  • One in six New Zealanders live with asthma.
  • One in four New Zealand children live with asthma.

Using Seretide twice a day, for asthma treatment, can get asthma under control in most people, and keep it that way,2,3 so there’s no major impact on life.

You can tell if your asthma is not under control:

  • A score of less than 20 on the Asthma Control Test™.
  • An unusual increase in coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or an increase in the severity of breathlessness.
  • You wake up at night with chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath.
  • You are unable to talk in full sentences.
  • You are using increasing amounts of your fast-acting reliever inhaler (e.g. Ventolin).
  • Your peak flow meter indicates a value between 60 and 80 percent of predicted or personal best.

If you experience one or more of these warning signs, your asthma treatment needs to be reassessed by your doctor or contact your nearest Accident & Emergency clinic.

Note: Seretide should not be used to relieve a sudden attack of breathlessness or wheezing. If you get this sort of attack you must use a quick acting inhaler (e.g. Ventolin), also known as a reliever puffer. Always carry your blue Ventolin® reliever inhaler with you.

Control Your Asthma All Day, Every Day

Seretide 2-in-1 asthma inhaler is a daily maintenance medication designed to help control your breathing difficulties.