The “stigma” of asthma


In 2011, 5.4 million people in the UK are being treated for asthma that 1.1 million children and 4.3 million adults are. This is equivalent to one child in eleven and one adult in twelve. I do not know about you, but personally I think this number is staggering and this makes asthma the most common long-term disease. The UK has the highest rate of asthma among children in the world who is not a statistic that we can be proud.

classroom school in the UK, on ​​average you will find there are two “asthma” children, ie children who suffer from asthma. However, the 6-year-old son has asthma and there are at least three other children in the class in primary school who are suffering. As an asthma sufferer myself and parents asthmatic child, I quite understand how distressing it can be to watch your child wheezing, coughing and even difficulty breathing. I am also eternally grateful for the existence and widespread availability inhalation prev enters that make normal life possible 99% of the time.

Many people today would not think of asthma as a murderer, but you would be wrong as even with modern medical and social progress, asthma can kill. In the UK in 2009 over 1,100 people died from asthma which 12 were children aged 14 and under. The good news is that asthma can be treated, however, and for the most part, are fatal asthma attacks prevention.

If one or more parent has asthma, the child’s chance of developing asthma are twice that of a child whose parents do not suffer from the condition. Unfortunately, children living in homes where damp and mold are present are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to experience coughing and wheezing associated with asthma. This suggests that poorer members living in sub-standard accommodation are potentially more susceptible to developing asthma.

In some children, however, minority, child’s asthma is serious enough to prevent them from attending school resulting in days, weeks, even months, without which, of course, brings a whole new set of problems with children falling behind in school and be excluded from activities because of wheezing and shortness of breath. A survey suggests that about a third of children under 8 years feel they are often excluded from sports in school because of asthma recently and a considerable number of parents do not feel confident enough to sport and PE teachers know how to deal with an asthma attack. However, the availability of modern inhalers and prev enters has made a major impact on the ability of children and adults alike to live a normal life and do not miss the sports and social activities.

Modern inhaler devices are completely portable, available from doctors and very effective for the majority of asthma sufferers. In recent times has been highly publicized “confession” of a very prominent, famous sports personalities such as footballer David Beckham, who admitted being asthma sufferer using an inhaler thus helping to remove the “stigma” of asthma, especially for children.


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