30 pc kids in urban, 5-10 pc in rural areas affected by asthma

30 pc kids in urban, 5-10 pc in rural areas affected by asthma

Drastic changes in environment cause for asthma: Expert

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease, which according to studies is increasing among the children, due to urbanisation, opined paediatrician Dr Narayanappa.

Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, on the occasion World Asthma day(May 5), he said that the day is promoted by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and provide proper care in preventing the disease.

The theme for this year’s World Asthma day is ‘You can control your asthma’.

In India, especially in urban areas, asthma is forming a significant problem because of drastic changes in environment, due to rapid urbanisation. More and more children are getting affected by the disease. According to studies as much as 30 per cent children are suffering from asthma in urban areas, whereas 5-10 per cent of children in rural areas are suffering from the disease. There has been an alarming increase in the prevalence of the disease by 4-5 times within a span of three decades in the country.

Lack of knowledge among the people, ignorance and changing environment has made the situation dangerous, making it a challenge for the medical professionals in controlling the disease.

Narayanappa explained in detail about the various reasons for the occurrence of asthma as well as preventive measures. He said that the people had a misconception of using steroid medicine in the form of inhalers, while it was the best way to prevent asthma.

He cautioned parents to consult a doctor soon when the children complain of frequent headaches, watery eyes, regular cough, sneezing or if a child often complaints of breathing and throat problem.

There are many methods to prevent asthma and using of metered dose inhalers, rota healers, and spacers would be the better option and effective way of controlling it, he opined.

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