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World Asthma Day: The importance of awareness and precaution

World asthma day is observed on 5 May every year. World Asthma Day is a global initiative to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. Asthma is a long term disease that affects the lungs. This disease causes inflammation in the airways and narrows them making it difficult to breathe. It triggers coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma cannot be cured but symptoms can be controlled that can help asthma patients lead a normal life. Shortness of breath, pain in chest, constant coughing or wheezing that may disturb sleep. Patients also experience asthma attacks which can worsen due to respiratory illness.

Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack. Asthma Awareness is represented by the color gray. It can be hard to tell if someone has asthma, especially in children under age 5. Having a doctor check how well your lungs work and check for allergies can help you find out if you have asthma.


Asthma triggers

Airborne allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste. Respiratory infections, such as the common cold. Physical activity. Cold air. In addition to difficulty breathing, you may commonly complain of throat tightness, hoarseness and difficulty getting air in more than out.

Long-term asthma control medications, generally taken daily, are the cornerstone of asthma treatment. Quick-relief (rescue) medications are used as needed for rapid, short-term symptom relief during an asthma attack. Allergy medications may help if your asthma is triggered or worsened by allergies. Take Asthma Medications as Prescribed by the doctor only.



Myth Asthma is a childhood disease; individuals will grow out of it as they age.

Fact: Asthma can occur at any age (in children, adolescents, adults and elderly)

Myth Asthma sufferers should not exercise.

Fact: When asthma is well controlled, asthma subjects are able to exercise and even perform top sport.


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