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Allergy UK marks World Asthma Day

Wednesday 05 May is World Asthma Day, an awareness day organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma, (GINA) (www.ginasthma.org), a World Health Organization collaborative organisation founded in 1993. WAD is held each May to raise awareness of asthma worldwide.

WHO recognizes that asthma is of major public health importance. According to WHO, it was estimated that more than 339 million people had Asthma globally and there were 417,918 deaths due to asthma at the global level in 2016. This year’s World Asthma Day is focusing on “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”. The theme provides a call to action to address common widely held myths and misconceptions about this health condition which are published on the Globval Initiative for Asthma website.

Asthma causes sensitivity to the airways, which can become inflamed and narrow on exposure to certain triggers leading to difficulty in breathing, and it is a long-term lung condition that requires ongoing management. Allergy UK estimates that allergies can trigger an asthma attack in up to 90% of children and 60% of adults with asthma.

There is a range of information and resources on asthma on the Allergy UK website. And in this hay fever season Allergy UK is highlighting the link between hay fever and asthma.

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