Learn about asthma

Asthma is common throughout New Zealand
and can affect anyone at any age.

Asthma is a condition that affects the airways in the lungs. The airways become narrower than normal. This makes it harder for you to get air in and out of the lungs, and causes wheezing (noisy breathing).

Asthma is common throughout New Zealand and can affect anyone at any age. People can grow out of asthma, but it can also reoccur. Remember that people in New Zealand continue to die from asthma every year.

Learning what to do, when to do it and who to call if your asthma gets worse will give you the confidence to help you and your family manage asthma better.

Some asthma statistics:
• 1 in 9 adult New Zealanders have asthma
• 1 in 7 New Zealand children have asthma

More statistics from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ

Compared to other ethnic groups, Māori children:
• Suffer asthma more severely
• Have more days off school from being sick
• Are admitted to hospital 2 to 3 times more
• Are 4 times more likely to die because of asthma