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World Asthma Day: 10 Interesting Facts About Asthma

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Bajaj Finserv Health
May 4th, 2022
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Key Takeaways

  • World Asthma Day was first celebrated in the year 1998
  • World Asthma Day 2022 is going to be celebrated on May 3
  • ‘Closing gaps in asthma care’ is the World Asthma Day 2022 theme

World Asthma Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of May each year. World Asthma Day 2022 is going to be celebrated on May 3 in collaboration with asthma educators and healthcare groups throughout the world. This day focuses on bringing to light the health issues, symptoms and treatment measures for asthma. In India, it is also called Asthma Divas.

Asthma is a condition that causes your airways to narrow down or swell and produce extra mucus. This can make your breathing restricted and difficult. It can also trigger coughing and cause a whistling sound when you breathe out [1]. Asthma is a minor nuisance for most people, but for some it interferes with daily activities, and can lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.  

This condition is not curable, but it is possible to manage symptoms of asthma.

As asthma conditions change from time to time, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms and keep a constant check on your health. Read on to know about the history of World Asthma Day and other interesting facts about asthma.

Additional Read: Home Remedies for Burping 

Asthma

History of World Asthma Day 

The first World Asthma Day was held in 1998 and was organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). It was celebrated in more than 35 countries in conjunction with the first Asthma Day meeting held in Spain. Participation in the World Asthma Day activities has increased significantly since then.

World Asthma Day 2022 theme 

GINA is a medical guidelines organization that works with healthcare professionals and public health officials globally. It aims to reduce the prevalence, morbidity and mortality of asthma. During World Asthma Day 2022, GINA’s theme is ‘Closing Gaps in Asthma Care’. This theme was chosen because at present there are various gaps in asthma care offered by the health care providers, which need to be addressed. The goal of this observation is to reduce the suffering of people with this condition, as well as its treatment expenses.

Current gaps in the asthma care include: 

  • Asthma knowledge and awareness amongst people 
  • Equality in access to treatment and diagnosis 
  • Prioritization between asthma and other long-term conditions 
  • Coordination between the primary, secondary and tertiary care interface  
  • Prescribing inhalers, and checking whether patients are using them in the right way 
  • Disparity between the scientific evidence and actual delivery of care for those suffering from asthma [2]

Symptoms of Asthma

Interesting facts to know on World Asthma Day 

  • Asthma is a chronic inflammation of your lung airways  
  • Asthma is often obtained through heredity means  
  • Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in children  
  • Asthma may disappear and return, or the conditions keep changing  
  • Living in polluted places makes you more prone to asthma 
  • Those working in factories and regularly breathing in dust and chemicals have high chances of getting asthma 
  • Smoking plays a major role in getting asthma 
  • Common things that can trigger an asthma attack include mold, pollen from grass, trees and flowers, foods such as eggs, peanuts and fish 
  • You can take allergy shots to control your asthma attacks  
  • Rescue inhalers help manage the symptoms of asthma and solve your short-term problem, but not the root problem 
  • Dietary supplements have very little effect on treatment of asthma as per studies till date  
  • Exercise can be beneficial if you are suffering from asthma, but make sure you consult your doctor for suitable workouts or asanas  
  • Asthma originates from the Greek word ‘azein’ which means ‘breathe hard’ 
  • Women are more likely to have asthma then men [3] 

Additional Read:  World Immunization Week

Asthma attack

To lead a healthy life, it is important to be aware of common health hazards like asthma. By observing World Asthma Day, World Environment Day on June 5, World Yoga Day on June 21 and more, you can play your part in protecting the earth as well as keeping healthcare issues at bay. For example, learning breathing techniques in yoga can help you with asthma and other health conditions.

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