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Unfortunately, asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases, with an estimated 300 million individuals affected worldwide. Australia has one of the highest prevalence rates in the world, with more than two million of us affected. It’s prevalence is continuously increasing around the world, making it one of the biggest mysteries in modern medicine.
Fortunately, asthma can be effectively treated and the vast majority of patients can achieve good control of their symptoms with proper management.
This year, on May 6 2014, Australia Wide First Aid are teaming up with fellow ‘asthma educators’ and effected individuals to encourage asthmatics and their families to recognise what they can achieve when they take control of their asthma.
Scientist now think of asthma control of having two components: symptom control and future risk. This means that a person’s asthma is under control when you can:
There are 4 simple steps you can take to control your asthma.
Your asthma can vary from day to day, over the course of weeks or months. For example, as the season starts to change, your asthma could be agitated after weeks or months of no symptoms.
Educate yourself and know the signs that your asthma is agitated or getting worse. This is an effective way to keep your asthma under control. Your asthma could be getting worse if:
By learning and watching these signs, you can control your asthma!
The causes of asthma are not well understood, and the rapid increase in prevalence around the world is one the biggest mysteries in modern medicine. In the 1990s, scientists thought that diesel exhaust and pollution might be causing the asthma epidemic. However, they now believe that the picture is more complex, differing from individual to individual.
The causes of asthma is better understood. People with asthma have chronic inflammation in their lungs and airway narrow more easily than people without asthma in response to a variety of factors, also known as triggers. Triggers can include:
A person with asthma can react differently to each set of factors. The identification of these factors and how to avoid them is a HUGE step for an individual in learning how to control their asthma.
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