World Asthma Day

World Astma day is observed on the first Tuesday in May. This year it falls on May 1st. World Asthma day is organized by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in association with World Health Organization and US national Heart, lung and Blood institute.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. The conservative estimates arethat about 300 million people are suffering from the condition worldwide. In India, there are 40 million who have the disease and the numbers are rising everyday. In recent decade there has been a global increase in the burden of the disease among both children and adults. One of the heavy price that we have to pay for the modern urbanization and increase in atmospheric pollution. By 2025.there are likely to be 400 million asthma sufferers worldwide.

The more worrying aspect of the disease is that it accounts for about 1 in every 250 deathsworldwide and 90% of these deaths are preventable. Most deaths are due to delay in seeking help and sub-optimal long-term treatment strategies due to the lack of education and awareness about the disease.

An asthma attack with cough, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, gasping for breath, chest squeezing, leads to lung infection and tiredness. The problems of asthma is not only because of the direct complications of the disease but includes socio- economic factors and it is not surprising that asthma is a leading medical cause of absenteeism of children from school and adults from work. The attack can be seasonal, when even a breath of fresh air can turn dangerous, when the pollen count is high in the atmosphere.

Asthma has misconceptions and people do suffer from ignorance. This is a disease related to inflammation of the air ways. Even though there are known reasons like strong smells, smoke etc which irritate and induce the asthma attacks, people blindly take recourse to wrong medications and methods.

An asthma attack is like not able to breath and you are gasping for breath. The quickest alternative to be alive is a rescue inhaler which pumps in a medicine enabling the person to breath normally – hospitalization is required in some cases. People die due to non availabilty of immideate medial care or pure ignorance.

In India there are myths that this can be cured – Nonsence. This is not a disease which can be cured but only be controlled. Modern allopathic medicines give emergency relief and also prevent the attacks. So people just need to take the inhalers based on doctors advice.

Source courtesy : Medindia networks 

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7 Responses to World Asthma Day

  1. Vijay says:

    Welcome back Mohan.. Good stats.. didnt know it was that high..

  2. rk says:

    welcome back mohan.
    hope you had a gr8 hol.

    have a friend’s parent who is an asthma patient. taking care of your asthma is an important part of your life. controlling it means working closely with your doctor to learn what to do, staying away from things that bother your airways, taking medicines as directed by your doctor, and monitoring your asthma so that you can respond quickly to signs of an attack.

    my friend who is suffering from asthma says by controlling your asthma every day, you can prevent serious symptoms and take part in all activities. if your asthma is not well controlled, you are likely to have symptoms that can make you miss school or work and keep you from doing things you enjoy. asthma is one of the leading causes of children missing school.

    pronounced: AZ-muh
    origin: Greek aazein
    history: the word asthma is derived from the Greek aazein, meaning “sharp breath.” the word first appears in Homer’s Iliad; hippocrates was the first to use it in reference to the medical condition, in 450 BC. hippocrates thought that the spasms associated with asthma were more likely to occur in tailors, anglers, and metalworkers.

  3. Vijay,
    Thanks. It definetly is very high in polluted Bangalore.

    RK,
    thanks. Yes had a good time. Thanks for increasing the knowledge content – its absolute truth.

  4. neela says:

    It is very difficult to see a child gasping for breath.Vagz had to be put under nebulization once as a toddler.
    Some types of allergic coughs can be controlled by doing kapaalbhaati pranayama ( mainly). This should be followed by anti -allergy medication though. A prudent patient gradually learns to control its frequency.
    Adeno heLtaaralla hosa vaidyanginta haLe rogi vaasi anta??
    I used to see my gran suffering and remember feeling helpless.

  5. Neela,
    Yes,As a parent I understand the anxiety one goes through with little ones under medical problems particularly when they can not even tell whats happening. Prevention is the only alternative to asthma attacks.

    Most people dont know and even Indian doctors dont advice the patients to monitor their asthma at home. An instrument called “Peak flow meter” which costs 500 Rs is used to check the lung capacity. This instrument like thermometer indicates deterioation of lung airways much before symptoms emerge.

    Being self asthmatic with a junior joinging the gang, I have done near PHD in this subject 🙂

  6. neel3 says:

    Thanx for info reg peak flow meter.

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