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World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day

Every year, on the 1st of May, World Asthma Day is celebrated across the globe. Organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO), the aim of World Asthma Day is to start a dialogue and raise awareness about this chronic respiratory disease.

World Asthma Day

Read on to learn more about asthma, its causes, and what you can do to control and avoid triggering an asthma attack.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that makes breathing difficult. It causes an inflammation of the air passages which results in the narrowing of airways that carry oxygen to the lungs. This narrowing of airways causes common asthma symptoms such as:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Inability to talk
  • Chest tightness

What can trigger an asthma attack?

There are numerous things that can trigger an asthma attack, and these triggers vary from individual to individual. The most common triggers are:

  • Exercise  – Asthma which tends to flare up more when you engage in strenuous physical activity, especially when the air is cold and dry.
  • Environment induced asthma – There are multiple irritants such as gas, chemicals, dust, etc, that can trigger an asthma attack.
  • Allergy induced asthma – This is triggered by airborne substances such as pollen, cold spores, animal waste, animal hair, etc.

How can you control and reduce asthma?

Here are some simple ways of controlling and decreasing the frequency of asthma attacks.

  • Yoga: Studies have shown that deep breathing yoga exercises can go a long way in improving respiratory health. In fact, yoga can help improve symptoms and outcomes of an asthma attack.
  • Vitamin C: Here’s another benefit of stocking up on and consuming vitamin C rich citrus fruits. Research has shown that a diet high in Vitamin C has helped reduce wheezing in children.
  • Ginger: Ginger has been used medicinally throughout history. Studies have shown that consuming ginger can help in controlling asthmatic symptoms. Ginger compounds help to smooth airways, thus reducing muscle contractions and preventing airway blockages.
  • Medication: If you show symptoms of asthma, it is important to consult your doctor and get proper medical attention. Though the onset of asthma most commonly occurs in children, there are cases where the illness develops during adulthood too.  

If severe, it is important to get proper medical attention and treatment to control asthma. If you think you might be suffering from asthma, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with CARE Hospitals and get a thorough check up.

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