Most of us take breathing for granted. You just do it. Like blinking your eyes and swallowing--you don't really give breathing much thought throughout the course of a day. But imagine if sometimes you have to struggle to breathe--imagine you have asthma.
When you have asthma and are experiencing symptoms, there are times when you literally may not be able to catch your breath. If you come across something that triggers your asthma, your airways start to swell and constrict and you have trouble getting air into your lungs--some people compare it to trying to breathe through a straw, or feeling like a fish out of water. More than 20 million Americans have asthma and it's estimated that nearly 300 million people worldwide have this serious, chronic disease. But the good news is there are recommendations and medicines available for people with asthma that can help prevent their symptoms. Having asthma doesn't have to slow you down.
Today, May 4, is World Asthma Day, an annual global initiative to put the spotlight on the importance of asthma awareness and control. In the US, the whole month of May is Asthma Awareness Month. If you or someone you know has asthma, participate in an asthma awareness event in your community; learn more about asthma by watching this public service announcement developed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America with funding and editorial support by GSK; and visit www.asthma.com for information and resources on how to help prevent asthma symptoms.
Let today be the day you decide to take control of your asthma.