It's easy to take a deep breath for granted, unless you suffer from asthma. Among the most common chronic diseases, asthma -- lung disease that inflames and narrows air passageways -- affects more than 22 million Americans.
That's why you should appreciate each long deep breath you take, particularly on Saturday, May 7, which is World Asthma Day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Asthma has increased steadily over the past decade, with more than four million cases reported, including nearly 1 million additional diagnosed children. One out of every 10 school aged children is affected and approximately 13 million people report having had an asthma attack in the past year.
This year Stamford Hospital is commemorating World Asthma Day by educating the community about asthma and ways to manage it. It's hosting its own celebration of the day with a series of events and lectures. Several Stamford Hospital physicians will offer presentations on topics such as asthma medications, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and the role of allergies in asthma.
The free event takes place 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford. Registration takes place in the Exhibit Hall, 10 10:15 a.m. The event includes a raffle, lunch and panel discussions. For more information or to register, call 1-877-233-WELL (9355) or visit Stamford Hospital's website. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the following ways to prevent asthma attacks:
Smoke outside. One of the most common asthma triggers in the home is secondhand smoke . Until they can quit, people should smoke outside, not in the home or car.
Dust mites are asthma triggers. To control them, cover mattresses and pillows with allergen proof covers and wash sheets and blankets once a week in hot water.
Household pets can also trigger asthma. Keep pets out of the bedroom and off furniture.
Mold is another asthma catalyst. Control the moisture and you'll be better able to control mold. Wash and dry hard surfaces to prevent and remove mold, and replace moldy tiles and carpet.
Do you suffer from asthma? How do you control it? Let me know.
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