World Asthma Day

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World Asthma day is on Tuesday 6th May

Here’s a little bit of information about Asthma and the NRAD which is due to issue their latest report on Tuesday!

With an estimated 300 million individuals affected worldwide by asthma it is one of the most common chronic diseases. Unfortunately its’ prevalence is increasing, especially among children.

Fortunately however asthma can be effectively treated and most patients can achieve good control of their disease.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. Chronically inflamed airways are hyperresponsive; they become obstructed and airflow is limited when airways are exposed to various risk factors.

Common risk factors for asthma symptoms include

  • exposure to allergens (such as those from house dust mites, animals with fur, cockroaches, pollens, and molds),
  • occupational irritants, tobacco smoke, respiratory (viral) infections,
  • exercise,
  • strong emotional expressions,
  • chemical irritants,
  • and drugs (such as aspirin and beta blockers).

To highlight to the world on World Asthma Day, The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD), run by a consortium of asthma professional and patient bodies, led by the Royal College of Physicians, has looked into the circumstances surrounding deaths from asthma from 1 February 2012 to 30 January 2013.

This report is due to be released on World Asthma Day with the main aim and intention to highlight the seriousness of the disease and ensure both those affected themselves and those with someone close to them are fully aware of the severity of the condition and ensure everyone is taking the necessary steps and precautions to limit their exposure to their asthma triggers.

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