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Today is World Asthma Day, dedicated annually to continue to raise global awareness of asthma. The theme for this year’s recognition of the condition is “You Can Control Your Asthma”. In addition to this theme is the sub-theme, “It’s Time to Control Asthma”, which was brought about by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). Every year, GINA chooses a theme and organizes preparations and distributions of World Asthma Day-themed materials as well as resources. World Asthma Day activities and programs are organized in each country, by dedicated health care professionals and members of the general public involved in the fight against asthma. The initial World Asthma Day, in 1998, was commemorated in more than 35 countries in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting held in Barcelona. There has been a profound increase during each World Asthma Day held since then, and the day has become one of the world’s most recognized and important asthma awareness and education events.
As stated by the World Health Organization, an estimated number of 235 million people suffer from asthma worldwide. Asthma is also the most common chronic disease among children. Asthma is among the most under-diagnosed and under-treated conditions worldwide, thus creating a substantial burden to individuals and families and also limits individuals’ activities for a lifetime. In the event of an asthma attack, the lining of the bronchial tubes become inflated, therefore causing the airways to narrow and inhibiting the flow of air into and out of the lungs. Although a dangerous disease, asthma has a relatively low fatality rate compared to other chronic diseases. Asthma attacks also are called flare-ups. In some cases, asthma symptoms are mild, and may therefore go away on their own or after minimal treatment with medication or other form of technique.
It is paramount to treat symptoms immediately they occur. This will help prevent the symptoms from worsening and resulting in a severe asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care, and can be fatal.
Below are links that may be helpful in gaining more information either about the day, or asthma in general-