World Asthma Day 2018

26th April 2018

World Asthma Day 2018, RVT Group

World Asthma Day, which takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May, is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

Founded in 1998, World Asthma Day has helped provide vital care to those suffering with asthma, as well as providing much-needed support to their families and friends.

5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems and, as the stats show, affects many people in the UK. The cause of adult asthma can be broken down into three key categories:

  1. Exercise-induced asthma
  2. Allergy-induced asthma
  3. Occupational asthma

Occupational asthma poses a high-risk to construction site workers and can be triggered by workplace irritants such as chemical fumes, gases or dust. If the proper protective equipment is not used during cutting, sanding, drilling or demolition work, the risk to worker's health is greatly heightened.

Symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest. And whilst asthma cannot be cured, these symptoms can be controlled.

"NEVER TOO EARLY, NEVER TOO LATE. It's always the right time to address airways disease"

GINA's theme this year targets patients and healthcare practitioners worldwide, urging both to evaluate symptoms and take immediate action. With this clear call to action, GINA hopes that people suffering with asthma will be able to live full lives through effective disease-management.

Join us in helping to raise asthma awareness and ensure that occupational asthma is greatly reduced through education, specialist equipment and regulation.



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