World Asthma Day: What Is Asthma And How Can I Manage It

World Asthma day is an international day of action, which highlights the need for more research into the prevention and treatment of asthma and related conditions. Every year, on the 5th May, world asthma day is commemorated with the "Lung Awareness Week". This week focuses attention on the problem of air pollution and its effect on asthma. World Asthma Day has been celebrated since 1960.

 1. World Asthma Day   

The problem of asthma and its effects are very much visible and therefore that more than 359 million people have asthma globally and more than 11 million people die from the condition every year. The World Health Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization have stressed the need to focus more on chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, like asthma and emphysema, and to prevent and reduce their major public health importance.

The wheezing myth has always been around but has it ever been proven that there isn't any link between asthma and the fact that people tend to miss-understand the term wheezing and its meaning. Research studies have shown that children of the same age group who have been exposed to factory emissions have a significantly higher risk of wheezing as well as asthma. While there is no direct relationship between asthma and the myth of wheezing, the prevalence of such myths will raise awareness about this respiratory disease among the public. More research studies and surveys will help resolve this issue. In the mean time, the best thing that you can do to raise awareness about asthma and to prevent it is to avoid second hand smoke.

2. Asthma Signs And Symptoms   

Asthma is a respiratory illness that can have many signs and symptoms. Some of these signs and symptoms include tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, sudden changes in heart rate and heavy breathing during sleep. If you've been told you have asthma and are wondering what are the signs and symptoms, you may be worried that you're going to have another asthma attack. About two-thirds of all adults suffer from some form of asthma and almost half of all children have had one episode of wheezing or shortness of breath.

There are many different types of treatment for asthma and depending on your doctor you will get the treatment that best suits you. You may also be able to use medication or natural remedies to help control the signs and symptoms of your condition. If you're not comfortable with taking medication from a doctor, you can also find natural remedies that will work for you as well. However, it's important to talk with your doctor and an allergist (allergy specialist) about the medications you plan to use and whether they will have negative side effects for you or if you can avoid side effects at all. Discuss the options with your doctor and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Asthma attacks can be triggered by many different things that cause the lining of the respiratory system to become inflamed and swollen. Things like dust and pollen can cause your airways to become over pressed and swollen. Animal dander, mold and dust mites can trigger asthma attacks as well. Even emotional stress can bring on asthma symptoms as well as certain foods and drinks. It's important to make a list of everything you can think of that could trigger your asthma and then keep a daily diary of everything you eat, drink, use and do to see if there is a pattern to the situations that trigger your wheezing or coughing. Once you find what you believe triggers your symptoms, make a plan to avoid or reduce those factors in your life. Be sure to replace he air filters in your home often which can help reduce asthma triggers in your home and by maintaining your AC you can help cut your AEP Ohio energy costs.

3. How To Prevent And Manage Asthma 

Many adults and children suffer from asthmatic. The cause of this disease is unknown but certain things that usually occur during an attack can be found out and prevented. Most attacks occur during the nighttime hours when it is cold outside and respiratory infections are most common.

The signs of Asthma that adults can experience are much like the symptoms of children with asthma. Some of the more common symptoms include: Shortness of Breath. Chest tightness or pain during breathing. Difficulty breathing caused by shortness of Breath, wheezing or coughing. Allergic reactions to all kinds of dust, pollen, animals, molds, smoke, chemicals, and mildew. Asthma can lead to severe health problems if not treated correctly.

If you feel you may have any of these signs, it is important to go see your doctor so that he or she can give you the proper Asthma treatment plan and determine what triggers your Asthma attacks. Your doctor may recommend an Asthma Action Plan including medications, exercise and other ways to keep your Asthma attacks under control. The first thing your doctor will do is to monitor and record your symptoms and then create an action plan for you to follow. Your doctor may also want you to carry an inhaler with you always to help you breathe easier. Remember, Asthma is not a contagious disease, but it is highly recommended that everyone with Asthma get a yearly check up to make sure the disease is under control.


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