May 7 will be recognised as World Asthma Day. The day is intended to raise awareness about asthma and is supported by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB) and World Asthma Foundation. Asthma is a long-term inflammatory disease of airways of lungs. Common signs of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. World Asthma Day is normally observed on the first Tuesday of May. This time the theme of World Asthma Day is STOP for Asthma.
World Asthma Day: Theme and significance
STOP for asthma is the theme for World Asthma Day this year. STOP means Symptom evaluation, Test response, Observe and assess, Advance to adjust treatment. The first World Asthma Day was observed in 1998 with more than 35 participating countries. The first World Asthma Meeting was held in Barcelona, Spain.
According to the Ministry of Health, around 235 million people undergo from asthma worldwide. While there is no cure for asthma, it can be dealt with efficiently in case it is diagnosed in time. Timely investigation of asthma can enable asthma patients to effectively manage their condition and develop the quality of life. Asthma can be deadly in case you do not take suitable drugs or comply with treatment.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among children. A healthy lifestyle, no smoking, avoiding drugs and asthma triggers are the best ways to treat asthma and keep its symptoms under control.
Asthma triggers can differ from person to person. Symptoms normally trigger on exposure to cold air, physical activity (also known as exercise-induced asthma), smoke, respiratory infections such as common cold, pet dander, dust mites, particles of cockroach waste, strong emotions and stress and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to name a few.
This World Asthma Day, let’s make an effort to raise awareness about asthma and how to manage this disease. Health practitioners should be made aware of the significance of the correct diagnosis of asthma and disease control. Asthma patients need to be made aware of the importance of dodging asthma trigger and taking appropriate lifestyle measures to keep their position under control.