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Celebrate World Asthma Day!

Today is World Asthma Day. Organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), it is an annual event held the first Tuesday in May to improve asthma awareness and care. Various events, with a positive theme, “You Can Control Your Asthma,” will be held around the world aimed at improving asthma awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately control. This year World Asthma Day also has a sub-theme, "It's Time to Control Asthma."

What is asthma?  Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is caused by swelling or inflammation in your airways, which makes it difficult to breathe.

Who is affected?  Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide.  The number of Americans with asthma grows every year. Currently, 26 million Americans have asthma, including an estimated 7 million children.  

Is there a cure for asthma?  Although, there is no cure for asthma, it can be treated and controlled by environment control and medications.

What are the symptoms and causes?  Symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, wheezing and a chronic cough that often is worse at night or early in the morning. Common triggers include pollen, pet dander, dust, cockroach, mold, tobacco smoke, ozone, exercise, and viral illnesses.

Spring is a difficult season for people with allergies and asthma. At Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care, our goal is to help you control your asthma and improve your quality of life.  We will develop an individualized Asthma Action Plan specifically for you based on your level of asthma severity.

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