World Asthma Day 2011 will be observed on May 3

The World Asthma Day 2011 is organised and sponsored by the Global Initiative every year throughout the world with a goal for the educators to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care.

The Pulmonology Department of Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore, will organise a seminar on asthma under the supervision of Prof. Nazim Bukhari to mark the day.

Prof. Nazim Bukhari informed the media that asthma was a chronic lung disease characterised by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, whistling noise, chest congestion and coughing.

During the normal breathing, air flows freely into and out of the lungs. But when asthma is not under control, the airways of the lungs are swollen and narrowed. The airways become very sensitive to environmental changes, and thus an asthma attack happens easily. During an asthma attack, tight airways make breathing difficult.

He further said Asthma symptoms varied from hour to hour, from day to day, from week to week and over months. They are often worse at night and in the early hours of the morning. The severity of asthma also varies from individual to individual.

Although we cannot get rid of asthma forever, it can be effectively treated.

Research shows that with proper treatment, nearly all asthma patients can achieve and maintain good asthma control, enabling them to carry out normal activities and prevent visits to the emergency departments and hospitals.

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