Breath, the precious gift of life
Have you ever thought of the simple joy of breathing? How we all take it for granted. It’s one of those bodily functions we do without thinking about, yet when we struggle to breathe, life can become extremely challenging.
Causes and Risk Factors
Genetic and environmental factors combine to cause asthma, most often early in life.
Symptoms a person with asthma experiences are generally seen in a pattern.
Asthma is often described as an allergic disease where allergens are thought to trigger an attack.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Breathing exercises may be a useful supplement to asthma medication for symptoms and quality of life.
Asthma affects 1-18% of the population of the various countries in the world, and in the 10 years between 2006 and 2016, there has been an increase of 3.6% in the number of people suffering from asthma.1, 2
Severe Uncontrolled Symptoms
Asthma is the most common chronic illness in South African children and its prevalence and severity of symptoms are increasing in both urban and rural areas. Approximately half of all South African children with asthma have severe, uncontrolled symptoms.2
South Africa ranks 25th worldwide for asthma prevalence, and 5th in terms of asthma deaths, with an estimated 18.5 deaths per 100,000 asthma cases.2
Living with Asthma
It is possible to live well with asthma if you manage it. That means you need a doctor trained to treat asthma, a treatment plan and to stick with that plan.
If you are proactive, you can reduce asthma attacks, reduce illness and ER visits and live a full life
The more informed you are about your condition, the better control you will have over your asthma symptoms. Please discuss a written Asthma Action Plan with your doctor.
We have a number of useful links and articles with loads of additional information to assist you in managing and working with your Asthma throughout your life.
Need any further information? Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Being in control of your condition can make you feel calmer and more at ease. When your asthma is well-controlled, you experience very few symptoms.
Poorly controlled asthma increases your risk of an asthma attack (also known as an asthma flare-up or exacerbation).1
News and Press Releases
GLOBAL RECOMMENDATIONS REVEAL THAT ASTHMA TREATMENT NEEDS RE-EXAMINING
Recent updated global recommendations have overturned decades of asthma care and represent the most significant change in asthma management in over 30 years. This is according to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).
DEBUNKING ASTHMA MYTHS AS SA RANKS FIFTH FOR ASTHMA MORTALITY GLOBALLY
South Africa is ranked fifth for asthma mortality in the world and with the nation’s prevalence among the highest globally, the case for better control is clear. A new awareness campaign, #yes2breathe, highlights the need to re-examine asthma treatment based on updated global recommendations overturning decades of asthma care.
CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA
There are 50 million children under the age of 15 living with asthma in sub-Saharan Africa, most of them are reportedly in South Africa. For parents or caregivers of these children managing the illness can be complicated and stressful. Added to that, new information suggests that asthma treatment needs urgent re-examining, leaving parents with questions about the dangers of being over reliant on reliever pumps.