World Asthma Day

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Asthma Report, more than 339 million people suffer from asthma.1 World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

What is Asthma?

The World Health Organization defines asthma as a disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. The severity and frequency of these attacks vary from person to person. This chronic respiratory disease inflames and narrows the airways so they become easily irritated.3 The most common symptoms of asthma are breathlessness, coughing, chest pains and wheezing.

“Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”

The theme of this year’s World Asthma Day is “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions.” The purpose is to address common myths and misconceptions concerning asthma.2 Common misconceptions surrounding asthma include:1

  1. Asthma is a childhood disease; individuals will grow out of it as they age.
  2. Asthma is infectious.
  3. Asthma sufferers should not exercise.
  4. Asthma is only controllable with high dose steroids.

The Truth:1

  1. Asthma can occur at any age (in children, adolescents, adults and the elderly).
  2. Asthma is not infectious. However, viral respiratory infections (such as the common cold and the flu) can cause asthma attacks. In children, asthma is frequently associated with allergy, but asthma which starts in adulthood is less often allergy-related.
  3. When asthma is well-controlled, asthma subjects can exercise and even perform in top sports.
  4. Asthma is most often controllable with low-dose inhaled steroids.

How can you get involved in World Asthma Day?

  • Organize a sponsored walk, run, or other activity to raise awareness for World Asthma Day.4
  • Organize debates about local issues affecting asthma control—e.g., pollution, smoking, access to asthma care & medication.5
  • Carry out a survey in your area to see how many people are affected by asthma.4

For more ideas visit: WAD Activities 2021 (ginasthma.org)

Tria Health and Asthma

Many patients decide to take medications to effectively manage their asthma. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you are interested in exploring medication treatments for asthma, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. World Asthma Day: 5 May 2021 (firsnet.org)
  2. World Asthma Day 2021 – Global Initiative for Asthma – GINA (ginasthma.org)
  3. WHO | Asthma: Definition
  4. World Asthma Day 2021 – Event Info and Resources (twinkl.com)
  5. WAD Activities 2021 (ginasthma.org)

World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day is held on the first Tuesday in May, in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators throughout the world. Asthma impacts around 8.3% of Americans, which is close to 26.5 million people.1 This Tuesday, take the time to learn more about Asthma and how you can help raise awareness!

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.2

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?

While these symptoms are very common for individuals with asthma, the best way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with your doctor. They’re be able to perform a physical exam and possibly a lung function test.

Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing: Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep.
  • Wheezing: Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe.
  • Chest tightness: This may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
  • Shortness of breath: Some people who have asthma say they can’t catch their breath, or they feel out of breath. You may feel like you can’t get air out of your lungs.

How can you participate in World Asthma Day?

  • Organize debates about local issues affecting asthma control—e.g., pollution, smoking, access to asthma care & medication
  • Organize a hike for people with asthma and their friends, led by a health care provider who can educate the group about    managing asthma in an outdoor environment.
  • Arrange school visits on or prior to World Asthma Day—educate children about asthma and offer on-the-spot peak flow meter    testing. These activities could be combined with plays, concerts, or poetry competitions highlighting the concept of asthma control.

Find more ideas here.

Tria Health and Asthma

Many patients decide to take medications in order to effectively manage their asthma. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you’re interested in exploring medication treatments for asthma, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/asthma
  2. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/asthma