Wednesday, 6 May 2015

World Asthma Day 2015 - "You Can Control Your Asthma"

World Asthma Day 2015 is taking place today, May 5, 2015 with the theme "You Can Control Your Asthma." The World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. 

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease of the airway resulting from hypersensitivity to a variety of stimuli. It causes bronchospasm, mucosal oedema, and airway narrowing evidenced by wheezing (a whistling sound), chest tightness, breathlessness, and coughing. The cough is usually dry (nil production of sputum) and often occurs at night or early in the morning.

Asthma has no cure. Even when you feel fine, you still have the disease and it can flare up at any time.

However, you can control your asthma by avoiding allergens and emotional triggers. You also need to take your medications as prescribed, regularly. Monitor your response daily with your Peak Flow Meter ( this is very important), because it can warn you of impending attacks.

Interpretation of the colour zones on a peak flow meter
To effectively manage your asthma or your child's asthma, build a strong relationship with your doctor and freely discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

You can control asthma and "It's time to RULE YOUR HEALTH!"


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