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      Kanyinsola ArojojoyeKanyinsola Arojojoye

       

      World Asthma Day is observed every first Tuesday in May. It is a day set aside to raise awareness about the respiratory disease called Asthma.

       

      The theme for 2022 World Asthma Day is ‘Closing Gaps in Asthma Care’.

       

      This world Asthma day highlights how this dreadful disease can be controlled with proper treatment and cure.

       

      The aim of this celebration is to uncover the misconceptions about asthma, dinminish these misconceptions related to the disease and demystify the disease

       

      What is Asthma?

       

      Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes difficulty in breathing.

      It can also be defined as a long-term condition affecting children and adults whereby the air passages in the lungs become narrow due to inflammation and tightening of the muscles around the chest wall.

       

      Facts about Asthma.

       

      1. Asthma can occur at any age.

       

      2. Asthma is not infectious.

       

      3. When asthma is controlled, asthmatic people can exercise well normally

       

      4. Asthma is controllable with low dose inhaled steroids.

       

       

      What should a person with asthma do?

       

      1. Asthmatic persons should follow their medication properly and should always keep their nebulizer and inhaler handy.

      2. People living with asthma should live in a clean environment and they should take as much fresh air as possible.

      3. People suffering from asthma should learn to go slow, breathe in, breathe out and always stay calm!

       

      4. When you can’t breathe, nothing else in your life matters.

       

       

      “You can control your asthma.”

       

      Signs and symptoms;

       

      The clinical manifestations vary from person to person and they include:

      Coughing,

      Shortness of breath,

      Chest tightness or pain, Wheezing when exhaling,

      Trouble sleeping etc.

       

      Forms;

      1. Exercise-induced asthma, gets worse when air is cold and dry.

       

      2. Occupational asthma, triggered by workplace irritants such as chemical fumes, gases or dust.

       

      3. Allergy-induced asthma, triggered by airborne substances, such as pollen, mold spores, cockroach waste, or particles of skin and dried saliva shed by pets (pet dander)

       

      Other Triggers include; viral infections (colds), dust, smoke, fumes, changes in the weather, grass and tree pollen, animal fur and feathers, strong soaps and perfume.

       

      Asthma sufferers need regular monitoring and treatment. They should always follow their action plan and treatment regimen.

       

      – They should be smart enough to Identify and avoid triggers.

       

      Being Asthmatic is not a death sentence… Manage it well and live a lovely life.

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