May 2- World Asthma Day

May 2- World Asthma Day

Baku, May 2, AZERTAC

Millions of people all over the world suffer from Asthma, which means that most people know someone that suffers from it. Those who have someone with asthma in their lives are typically familiar with the ‘psst psst’ sound of the inhalers that make a relatively normal day to day life possible for the ones who use them.

World Asthma Day is dedicated to raising awareness about this pernicious disease. And it also seeks to bring awareness and advanced asthma care to sufferers throughout the world.

So now it’s time to learn about and celebrate everything to do with World Asthma Day!

History of World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day was initially established in 1998 by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). The day was created to promote awareness of asthma as a condition that is increasing. In fact, it affects at least 14% of children worldwide and seems to be growing in prevalence.

By 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized asthma as of major public health importance. In fact, the WHO estimated that almost 340 million people in the world were suffering from asthma, and that year there were over 400,000 deaths due to this disease of the lungs.

While almost everyone is familiar with the look and sound of an inhaler for asthma being used, not everyone is as aware of the actual nature and cause of the condition, as well as the fact that there are multiple types of asthma out there.

The truth of the matter is that asthma isn’t entirely understood. But what is known is that there are multiple factors at play in the complex chemistry that creates an asthma sufferer. These include genetic interactions and elements in the environment that can change both the severity and how likely it is to respond to treatment.

The known aggravators of asthma are many and include everything from allergens to air pollution, and other chemicals that can appear in the environment that irritate the lungs. In high enough concentrations, these factors can cause serious asthma attacks in sufferers and can aggravate cases that are otherwise mild.

Asthma is incredibly prevalent in those locations that suffer from low air quality as a result and, incidentally, these types of areas often also tend to be those that house low-income and minority communities. As such, these already disadvantaged individuals are usually the highest sufferers of this pernicious disease. An additional added factor is psychological stress and, again, this element is particularly high in those living on the edge of poverty, increasing its occurrence there further.

Thus, learning more about asthma, raising awareness, and supporting those who have the disease is growing in importance. So now it’s time to observe World Asthma Day!

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