Tuesday 7th May 2013 is World Asthma Day (WAD) and this years theme is “You Can Control Your Asthma.” The goal of WAD is to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world.
The first World Asthma Day, in 1998, was celebrated in more than 35 countries in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain. Participation has increased with each World Asthma Day since then, and the day has become one of the world’s most important asthma awareness and education events.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 235 million people suffer from asthma and is the most common chronic disease among children.
Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some common triggers of asthma can include:
- indoor allergens
- outdoor allergens
- tobacco smoke
- chemical irritants in the workplace
- air pollution
Asthma has no cure. However it can be managed and people can still enjoy a good quality of life.
World Asthma Day is an annual awareness-raising event organized and sponsored by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).
Do you know anyone who has asthma?