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On this Tuesday 3 May, the French association Asthma and Allergies mobilizes itself for World Asthma Day. Through an awareness campaign on the Internet and social networks, the association aims to raise awareness about allergic asthma, which affects 6 to 7% of French people, both children and adults. Here’s a spotlight on asthma and allergies to help those affected better cope with this phenomenon, including raising awareness.

Asthma and allergies: a chronic phenomenon and frequent symptoms

Asthma as a lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways remains chronic by definition. According to ThermoFisher Scientific, an American multinational that specializes in laboratories, 90% of children with asthma in the world suffer from it as a result of one or more allergies. This continues, in 60% of people, once adulthood is reached.

Non-communicable disease, but for the less restrictive, asthma and allergies are recognizable if you feel:

  • A feeling of shortness of breath.
  • Strong coughing fits, day and night included.
  • An abnormal, wheezing condition.
  • Pain in the rib cage that you are suppressing.

Online resources and an awareness day organized every year

To raise awareness of this issue, World Asthma Day is established on May 3 of each year. Launched on the initiative of the association Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), this day naturally has an impact on a French scale. So in this context, there are many resources available online to the general public:

• A series of thematic videos on Asthma and Allergies, moderated by Pr. Gilles Garcia. “These videos describe situations that people with asthma encounter on a daily basis, allowing them to identify themselves and thus find answers and practical solutions to their problems,” specifies the Asthma and Allergies Association.

Among the topics covered:
What to do in an asthma emergency?
It is not always easy to have your treatment regularly.
How do you recognize the symptoms of asthma?
Living with severe asthma is not always easy.
Tips to endure the gaze of others.
Not always easy to communicate well about this.

A webinar organized on May 3, 2022, from 6 pm to 7 pm, on the Facebook page of the Asthma and Allergies Association to answer your questions. This is animated By the
Professors Gilles Garcia and Nicolas Roche, pulmonologists.

A communication campaign on social networks from the Asthma and Allergy Association: Facebook, TwitterInstagram, YouTube.

Are there therapeutic options for asthma and allergies?

To lead a serene life surrounded by asthma and allergies, there are solutions and amenities. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers allergic asthma to be an “underdiagnosed and undertreated” pathology. In that sense, she advises reducing the triggering factors of asthma, such as smoking or excessive exercise, as much as possible. Often, asthma can be hereditary and lodge in the lungs of different members of the same family. In addition, asthma is most often noticed in urbanized environments in contact with the fumes of life and polluted air. Dust, dust mites or contact with chemicals can also increase the risk of allergic asthma.

To find puffs of oxygen, sick patients most regularly use inhalers. Two types of inhalers are sold on the market. “Bronchodilators open the airways and relieve symptoms. Then the steroids reduce the inflammation of the airways.” These devices allow sick people to avoid more severe asthma attacks caused by allergies. In the most severe cases, an allergic asthma attack can lead to premature death. Therefore, it is necessary to realize that 2/3 of adults can be taken care of.

Striking stats

  • In France, asthma is the first disease of children with 9% of chronic victims.
  • Asthma has already caused a thousand deaths among French people under the age of 65.
  • Asthma, exacerbated by allergies, remains a pathology that is very expensive with 600,000 cumulative days of hospitalization per year.

Alex Renaud Bourbon

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