Asthma cases up in Bengaluru

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The city is witnessing an increasing incidence of asthma cases. Thanks to the growing pollution levels, lack of green cover and unhealthy lifestyles prevalent in Bengaluru.

Every year World Asthma Day is observed on May 7 and this year the theme for the day is 'Stop for Asthma'.

According to the World Health Organisation, there are about 2 crore asthma patients globally of which every 10 patients are from India. Bengaluru is considered asthma capital of India due to the increased number of asthmatic patients being reported every year.

Timely treatment is essential to handle asthma attacks, say city-based doctors, like in the case of a 9-year-old schoolgirl who was rushed to the hospital when her teachers found her gasping for breath.

Dr Sachin Kumar, senior consultant and head of the dept of pulmonology, Sakra World Hospital, diagnosed the girl to have had an asthma attack. Despite the undergoing numerous nebulisation episodes and preventing the child from outdoor activities, the girl developed breathlessness.

The doctors started on a treatment plan with the right combination of medicine. An asthma action treatment plan was prepared and shared with her parents and teachers with clear instructions to act whenever there was some change in her clinical status. It subsequently avoided emergency visits to the hospital and currently she is symptoms free.

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