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World Asthma Day on May 4 tackles ways to control asthma

Tacloban City (May 2) -- World Asthma Day will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 with the theme "You Can Control Your Asthma."

The annual event aims to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. This year, the World Asthma Day will mark the launching of a campaign to reduce asthma hospitalizations by 50% in five years.

World Asthma Day is a yearly occasion being observed by the Department of Health in order to perk up the asthma alertness and concern around the country. World Asthma Day takes place on the first Tuesday of May.

The Global Initiative for Asthma toils with health care professionals and civic health officials around the world to decrease asthma incidence, morbidity, and deaths.

Asthma is a persistent illness categorized by recurring attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which differ in sternness and rate of recurrence from person to person. Indications may happen quite a lot of times in a day or week in affected individuals, and for some people turn out to be poorer for the period of physical activity or at night.

The four main asthma symptoms are wheezing, coughing, breathlessness, and chest tightness. It can not be cured only controlled.

Numerous causes of asthma is still unidentified but most asthma attack is triggered by allergens such as pollen, feathers, dust mites, mildew, and molds.

Another triggering factor is exposure to irritants which are commonly found in household stuffs such as aerosol sprays, cleaning products, and perfumes. Air pollution, cigarette smoke and industrial chemicals are also classified as irritants. Physical conditions such as strenuous exercise, weather changes, emotional stress, viral infections like common colds and flu, generate asthma attack.

The Department of Health said controlling asthma is important and can be summed up into two methods, self-help and medical help.

The first thing to do in managing asthma is to identify what are the irritants, allergens or physical conditions prompting an attack and then avoiding exposures to the same.

More can be done once the diagnosis is made. Asthma treatment has improved with the introduction of new drugs taken as pills, liquids or inhalants like nebulizers. When asthma is not controlled, the medication is increased.

It is vital to develop good patient-doctor partnership to assess, treat and monitor asthma, the Department of Health said. (PIA 8) [top]

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