Anthony Nyburg doesn't let asthma stop him from enjoy his bmxing. Photo: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily
Anthony Nyburg doesn't let asthma stop him from enjoy his bmxing. Photo: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily Nicola Brander

Teen reveals how killer disease can run out of puff

RIDING a BMX up steep hills is 11-year-old Anthony Nyburg's idea of fun.

But until six months ago, Anthony's ability to join in the sport was limited by asthma.

The Gympie youngster had been diagnosed with the disease when he was six and since then it has been a constant battle keeping the breathing difficulties under control.

His mother Kristy would give him puffers to relieve the immediate symptoms, but wasn't aware a longer-lasting treatment was available.

"We didn't really know how to manage his asthma," Mrs Nyburg said.

"If he was having trouble breathing, I would get him to take his puffer, but we didn't realise there were options to prevent his symptoms altogether."

Mrs Nyburg took Anthony to the family's GP and he was put on an asthma management plan, which has helped keep his condition under control.

The most recent data available showed the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region ranked third in the country for rates of asthma.

As many as 42,000 people, or 11.89% of the population, had been diagnosed as having asthma.

During Asthma Week, September 1-5, Asthma Australia has encouraged people to take the asthma control test.

The quick test involves answering five simple questions. It is available on www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/AsthmaScore/.