Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy has a great range of products and services to ensure you experience a more holistic approach to your healthcare in Queensland.

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Pharmacists are one of the most trusted professionals in Australia for a reason. We take our role as a resource for advice, support and referral seriously. Not only do we provide in store clinics and whole health advice but you can also come in to see us for the little things. #askcalanna

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At Calanna, we stock a broader range of natural and Qld sourced health products. For us, taking care of your health and well being means taking care of more than just your medication. But we do that exceptionally well too with our free medication packing and delivery service and a price match guarantee on our preferred prescription brands. Come in and visit us today. #askcalanna

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Calanna Whole Health Pharmacies consider themselves more of a health destination, than just a chemist. Check out our complementary services and products to find out why we really are the natural choice chemist. #askcalanna

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At Calanna, we understand receiving advice you can understand, from health professionals you can trust, is important. Our philosophy is to create health destinations to provide just that. Our pharmacists all work on the floor to ensure you always have a professional to talk to at any of our stores.

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Asthma

Definition

Asthma is a condition that causes sensitivity of the airways in the lungs. When exposed to certain triggers these airways narrow, making it hard to breathe.

Description

When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes sticky mucus or phlegm builds up which can further narrow the airways.

First Aid for Asthma

  • Sit the person comfortably upright. Reassure the person and do not leave them alone.
  • Give four puffs of a reliever inhaler (typically blue-grey in colour). Use a spacer if available. Use the person's own inhaler if possible.
  • Wait four minutes. If the person still cannot breathe normally, give four more puffs.
  • If the person still cannot breathe normally, CALL AN AMBULANCE IMMEDIATELY (DIAL 000). Say that someone is having an asthma attack. Keep giving reliever. Give four puffs every four minutes until the ambulance arrives. Four puffs for children each time is a safe dose.


Causes

The exact cause of Asthma is not completely understood. Asthma is one of a group of allergic conditions, including eczema and hayfever, which often occur together. A family history of Asthma, eczema or allergies, increases the risk of person developing Asthma. Research shows that smoking during pregnancy increases the child's risk of developing asthma. Children whose parents smoke are also more likely to develop the condition.

Common triggers of Asthma

Asthma triggers can vary between people. Common triggers include:

  • Colds and flu (especially in children)
  • Exercise (this can be managed)
  • Pollens, moulds and grasses
  • Animal fur and dander (skin flakes)
  • Dust mites
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Changes in air temperature and weather
  • Certain drugs e.g. aspirin and certain blood pressure medications
  • Some chemicals, strong smells and aerosol sprays
  • Some occupations
  • Some emotions e.g. stress

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what is triggering your Asthma. Ask your Doctor for advice.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of Asthma include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest.

Treatment 

Although there is no cure for Asthma, there are some excellent medicines available to help control the symptoms so that it does not interfere with daily life. Good Asthma management allows a person to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. If you or your child experiences symptoms that could be due to Asthma, it is important to get advice from your GP. There is no simple test for Asthma. It is diagnosed by your Doctor after examination, and taking into account how and when symptoms occur.

DISCLAIMER: This information is an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, nurse or naturopath before following any medical regimen to see whether it is safe and effective for you.