Today (May 7) marks World Asthma Day, the annual day to advocate for asthma sufferers around the world.

Research indicates that approximately 60 per cent of Australians are affected by asthma and so it’s important people are aware of the condition and its risks. The aim of this day is to raise awareness of asthma and how it affects sufferers.

What is World Asthma Day?

World Asthma Day is supported by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), US based National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB), and also the World Asthma Foundation. It has been running for a decade.

What are the myths surrounding asthma?

There are various myths associated with asthma. Here are a few myths debunked:

  • MYTH: One in three people do not regard asthma as a life-threatening condition
  • FACT: Asthma kills more than 400 people every year.
  • MYTH: Asthma is only developed when you’re a child so you can easily grow out of it
  • FACT: Asthma can develop at any stage in life and many people never grow out of it.

How can you manage asthma?

For those suffering asthma, here is a quick checklist to keep it under control:

  • Remain active and healthy: It’s important to be active and maintain a healthy weight. Refrain from smoking so that you can keep your lungs healthy.
  • Look out for symptoms: The most common asthma symptoms are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or a tight chest.
  • Find out your triggers: There are many triggers, such as pollen, that could lead to your lungs becoming inflamed. So, find out what they are and actively try to avoid them.
  • Know your medication: There are many medications that help to control asthma, including those that prevent attacks and those that ease symptoms.

Have an action plan: It’s important for people suffering from asthma to have an action plan in place in order to recognise worsening symptoms and identify when to seek medical attention. The plan should be reviewed by your doctor every year.

Understand asthma first aid: Don’t wait until you’re suffering from severe asthma before you use your reliever. Call an ambulance and have someone close to you know how to do CPR.


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