Breathe Easy This World Asthma Day

Breathe Easy This World Asthma Day

Breathe Easy This World Asthma Day

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As we mark World Asthma Day on May 7th, 2024, Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie stands committed to raising awareness about this chronic respiratory condition that affects millions worldwide. Asthma, a condition characterised by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, continues to pose significant challenges to individuals and healthcare systems globally. This year, amidst the ongoing health crisis, it is imperative to underscore the importance of asthma management and provide support to those living with this condition.

Dr. Geetanjali Patil, Consultant Pulmonologist, Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie says, “World Asthma Day serves as a crucial reminder for individuals, healthcare providers, and policymakers to prioritise asthma care. Despite advancements in medical science, asthma remains a significant public health concern, impacting the quality of life for millions of people. Through education, early intervention, and comprehensive care, we can empower patients to effectively manage their asthma and lead fulfilling lives.”

One of the cornerstones of asthma management is education. Here are some commonly found myths busted:

MYTH: Asthma is just a childhood condition.

FACT: While asthma often begins in childhood, it can affect individuals of all ages. It is essential to recognise that asthma can persist into adulthood and even develop later in life.

MYTH: Asthma is contagious.

FACT: Asthma is not contagious. It is a chronic respiratory condition influenced by genetic and environmental factors. However, exposure to respiratory infections or allergens can trigger asthma symptoms.

MYTH: Asthma medications are addictive.

FACT: Asthma medications, including inhalers and oral medications, are not addictive. They are essential for managing asthma symptoms and preventing asthma attacks. It is crucial to follow the prescribed treatment regimen under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

MYTH: Asthma is just a psychological condition.

FACT: While emotional stress can exacerbate asthma symptoms, asthma is primarily a physical condition characterised by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. It requires medical treatment and management strategies to control symptoms and improve quality of life.

MYTH: People with asthma should avoid exercise.

FACT: Regular exercise is beneficial for individuals with asthma. It can help improve lung function, reduce inflammation, and enhance overall fitness. It is essential to choose appropriate activities and consult with a healthcare provider to develop a safe exercise plan.

MYTH: Asthma attacks are always severe and life-threatening.

FACT: Asthma attacks vary in severity, ranging from mild to severe. While some asthma attacks may require immediate medical attention, many can be managed at home with appropriate medication and self-care strategies. It is crucial to recognise asthma symptoms and have a personalised asthma action plan in place.

MYTH: Asthma cannot be controlled.

FACT: With proper management and adherence to treatment, asthma can be well-controlled, allowing individuals to lead active and fulfilling lives. This includes identifying and avoiding triggers, taking medications as prescribed, and monitoring symptoms regularly.

Asthma is a condition that requires holistic management, encompassing both medical treatment and lifestyle adjustments. As Dr. Madan Dang, COO, Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie highlights, “At our hospital, we recognise the multifaceted nature of asthma care. Beyond medication, we emphasise the importance of environmental control, proper inhaler technique, and personalised treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. By fostering a collaborative approach between patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers, we strive to optimise asthma management and minimise its impact on daily life.”

As we embark on this journey towards better asthma care, let us remember that by working together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions affected by this chronic respiratory condition. Let us breathe easy, today and every day.

Dr. Geetanjali Patil,

Consultant Pulmonologist,

Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie