World Asthma Day : 5 May

Every year, on May 5, World Asthma Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma. It intends to boost awareness about asthma. The day is observed every year on the first Tuesday of May. The World Asthma Day is observed under the theme Enough Asthma Deaths

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes breathing difficulties. It is caused by swelling and inflammation of the bronchial tubes that sometimes leads to allergens, stress or changes in temperature. Some of the crucial symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. As per doctors, the symptoms can alter according to the frequency and harshness of the disease. The disease is not usually fixable but can be controlled to some extent. Also, proper and definite education and awareness are the keys to controlling asthma effectively.

History of World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day was organized in 1998 and over 35 countries were included. The day is supported by the organisation GINA, which works with health care communities around the globe to help boost awareness. Though, GINA is an initiative taken by the US-based National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB). During this day, the asthma patients were made aware of the safety measurements they can take to help them cope with their condition.


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