Lincolnshire health group raises awareness of asthma ahead of World Asthma Day


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A medical report has pointed to serious health threats from air pollution in smog-prone areas, and the northern region was found to be a hotspot for asthma and other major respiratory diseases.

"In a person with asthma, the inside walls of the airways, known as bronchial tubes, become swollen or inflamed", Fayomi said.

Find out more about World Asthma Day here.

The society has urged people to be aware of the steps needed to manage an asthma attack, such as sitting upright and taking long, deep breaths and taking a puff of the reliever inhaler every minute.

She said the action plan is based on a traffic light system and lets people know about their medication, what triggers their asthma and what steps they can take to control it. First and foremost, a parent must bring their child to a doctor for diagnosis before coming to any conclusions, as often what parents fear to be asthma in their child can be another respiratory illness.

He said although there was no full cure available for the condition, but management methods can help a person with asthma lead a full and active life.

Mr Adewole described Asthma as one of the most common chronic lung diseases affecting no fewer than 400 million people worldwide. Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest and wheezing.

World Asthma Day 2019 theme is "STOP for Asthma".

Fayomi said "STOP" the asthma is an attempt for experts to manage asthma better, saying that it is an acronym for Symptom evaluation, Test response, Observe and assess, and Proceed to adjust treatment. Philips is also running a campaign tilted "Help your child Fight against Asthma" across its social media handles including, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google Display Network.

The good news is that we can raise awareness about asthma and how it can be controlled. In this month, the "National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)" is organised to encourage the people to take care of their lung condition. People who have asthma are recommended to go for a written asthma action plan.

This multichannel initiative is launched with the intention of bridging the gap in knowledge around managing asthma, risks of asthma attacks and its triggers associated with indoor pollution.

Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. "You should also talk to your GP or asthma nurse if you have been diagnosed with asthma and you are finding it hard to control your symptoms". India has recently been in the limelight for being the second country in the world with the largest number of cases of asthma in children in India caused by vehicular pollution.

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