Oxygen is a must to survive and it flows into your body throw airways. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows these airways. Thus, leaving the one affected, with a struggle to breathe.
The World Health Organisation estimates that around 235 million people around the globe are struggling with this non-communicable disease, credit goes to rising pollution level.
According to experts, the disease often starts during childhood.
While studies have not conclusively proved that air pollution can cause new cases of asthma, many reports have recorded maximum cases of the disease from the most polluted cities.
Recently, a survey called ‘Breath Blue 15’ recorded maximum cases of the bad lungs health from Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Mumbai.
However, it is no coincidence as these cities are some of the most polluted cities in the world.
In all, 2000 children in the age group of 8-14 years were screened for lung health status, 40% of children in Delhi were found to have ratings of ‘bad’ to ‘poor’ lung health, while Bengaluru followed closely with 36%, Kolkata with 35%, and Mumbai with 27%.
A study conducted in Delhi by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Kolkata-based Chittaranjan National Cancer Research Centre found that every third child in Delhi had reduced lung function due to air pollution.
These facts and figures scream for an immediate ‘call to action’ for a better tomorrow for the gen X.
While curbing pollution is an urgent need, change of lifestyle can also provide a shield from the chronic conditions.
Don’t forget! Asthma has no cure. Even when you feel fine, you still have the disease and it can flare up at any time.
Here are few suggestion to protect yourself and your kids from this noncommunicable disease.
Symptoms of Asthma:
Shortness of breath, cough and wheezing are all symptoms of asthma. Your chest feels tight and your throat goes dry, you gasp for breath and are unable to get enough air to the lungs.
Monitor your breathing: Asthma episodes almost never occur without warning.
Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia.
Make sure that you are not contributing to air pollution, curbing pollution requires collective efforts, follow the instructions yourself and inspire people to do the same.
If you have asthma, you need to do what you can to reduce your exposure to asthma triggers.Take control of your treatment: With your doctor’s assistance, develop a treatment plan for yourself and then follow it strictly.