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RO9 Asthma WeekAsthma is a respiratory condition that impacts all people differently. This chronic lung disorder causes the airways to become inflamed and produce lots of thick mucus. A person with asthma experiences its symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Asthma is so common that everyone probably knows someone with this condition. For a child who suffers from asthma early in life tend to miss the chance to play a lot with their friends or participate in certain activities especially on sports. While growing up with this condition, some may even need to miss school or work since many asthmatics have only limited physical activities. In fact, the Philippines ranked 14th in the world in asthma mortality with 12, 479 or 2.05% total deaths based from the latest data of the World Health Organization (WHO) published in 2018. Thus, in order to create awareness and enhance the consciousness of the populace as well as help people cope with having asthma, yearly every 2nd week of August is celebrated as National Asthma Week by virtue of Proclamation No. 442 series of 1994.

A person with asthma is over sensitive to certain things that can trigger their asthma symptoms. These occurrence of asthma symptoms are known as flare, episode, exacerbation or attack. The most effective way to prevent having asthma attacks is restricting your exposure to asthma triggers or its causes. These may include air pollution, allergies, cold air, a cold or flu virus, sinusitis, smoke and fragrances. Identifying your asthma triggers are vital to prevent having an asthma attack. If someone finds difficulty in identifying their asthma triggers, it’s better to have a diary to keep track of the symptoms felt every day. Monitor for several weeks and remember to include all the environmental and emotional factors that are associated with asthma. The next action to make is develop an asthma action plan with a doctor. The plan should document the important information such as medications, how to handle asthma attacks and how to control asthma symptoms in the long run.

Finally, always be prepared. Apart from keeping your asthma under control by taking the medications prescribed by the doctor, make sure that a quick-relief asthma medication is readily available wherever you go. Be sure also to find out beforehand the location of the nearest hospital in case of an emergency.

Life is hard when you have asthma, but always remember that it is possible to live well if it is managed. Consult a doctor, devise an asthma action plan, avoid asthma triggers and always be prepared. While there is no cure yet for this condition, these steps can certainly help to keep your asthma attacks at bay.

 

NO I Angelica O. Pajulas

 

References:

1. Asthma in Philippines from https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/philippines-asthma

2. 7 Ways to Prevent Asthma Attacks from https://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/healthplus/article/7-ways-to-prevent-asthma-attacks