World Asthma Day will be "celebrated" on Tuesday, May 1st this year. Asthma educators and health care groups worldwide have partnered to to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world.
It's an annual event that is organized each year by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA for short). GINA's message is that asthma can be controlled—it does not have to limit your life, as long as you are getting the right treatment.
Events and activities are scheduled worldwide, and all will be centered around the theme of asthma control. Click here to see what World Asthma Day events might be happening in your neck of the woods.
So, how about it? How well controlled is your asthma? Here is how the GINA guidelines for asthma treatment define asthma control:
Controlled level—no daytime or nighttime symptoms, no activity restrictions, and need for quick-relief inhaler is no more than 2 times a week. Peak flow rate is in the normal range and there are no asthma attacks.
Partly controlled level—daytime symptoms more than 2 times a week, occasional nighttime symptoms and symptoms sometimes limit activity. Quick-relief inhaler needed more than 2 times a week. Peak flow rate is less than 80 percent of your personal best, and asthma attacks at least yearly.
Uncontrolled level—3 or more of the features of partially controlled asthma occur at least 3 times a week, and asthma attacks happen at least weekly.
If you cannot put yourself in the controlled category, then it's time to talk with your doctor about your asthma treatment plan, because what you're doing isn't working well. Of course, that assumes that you are taking your medicine as you're supposed to, according to your current treatment plan.
If you're not, then your first step is to get on track and start taking your asthma medicine as prescribed. No one wants to take medicine, but when you have asthma, medicine is usually the answer to living an active, healthy life.
So, do your part this year on World Asthma Day and take steps to improve your personal level of asthma control!
Published On: April 28, 2007