World Asthma Day, 5th May 2021
World Asthma Day (WAD)is celebrated annually to raise awareness of Asthma worldwide.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes that asthma is of major public health importance. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage the condition and reduce/ prevent severe asthma exacerbations with adequate support and treatment.
This year the World Asthma Day theme is “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions” – a call to action to address common widely held myths and misconceptions concerning asthma Some common misconceptions surrounding asthma include:
- Asthma is a childhood disease; individuals will grow out of it as they age.
- Asthma is infectious.
- Asthma sufferers should not exercise.
- Asthma is only controllable with high dose steroids.
The Truth is:
- Asthma can occur at any age (in children, adolescents, adults and elderly)
- Asthma is not infectious. However, viral respiratory infections (such as common cold and the flu) can cause asthma attacks. Asthma in children is frequently associated with allergy.
- People with asthma are able to exercise and even perform top sport when their asthma is well-controlled.
- Asthma is most often controllable with low dose inhaled steroids