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An asthma attack leads to lung infection, tiredness and cough and
it is not surprising that asthma is a leading medical cause of
absenteeism of children from school and adults from work The
attack can be seasonal when the pollen count is high in the
atmosphere. An attack of asthma leads to breathing difficulties
and the attack can be acute when it lasts for a short period or
chronic when it lasts for days. The attack can also be mild or
severe and a life threatening one.
The conservative estimates are that about 300 million people are
suffering from the condition worldwide. In India, there are
approx. 40 million who have the disease and the number is rising
everyday. In recent decade there has been a global increase in the
burden of the disease among both children and adults. This maybe
due to westernization of lifestyles and increasing atmospheric
pollution. By 2025.there are likely to be 400 million asthma
sufferers worldwide. The more worrying aspect of the disease is
that it accounts for about 1 in every 250 deaths worldwide and 90%
of these deaths are preventable. Most deaths are due to delay in
seeking help and sub-optimal long-term treatment strategies due to
the lack of education and awareness about the disease.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world.
Perhaps the most commonly discussed respiratory disease after the
common cold. The word asthma is derived from a Greek work meaning
'breathlessness or panting" both of which accurately describe an
attack of asthma.