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Asthma Awareness Month Part 1: Asthma awareness

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in the USA, and to recognise this we have put together a four-part series all about asthma and FeNO (fractional exhaled nitric oxide) that we will be delivering over the course of the month. We hope that this will be informative in educating you about asthma and FeNO, helping you to manage your asthma better.

Part one: What is asthma?

It is a chronic inflammatory airway disease causing a range of symptoms such as wheeze, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.1 There are many triggers to asthma such as allergies, smoking, weather, infections, and pollution.2

Why asthma education is important:

  • Asthma affects over 262 million people worldwide; this is around 1 in 12 adults in the UK and USA.3-5
  • Asthma accounts for 60,000 hospital admissions in the UK.6
  • In 2019 there were over 1.8 million asthma-related emergency department visits and 169,330 hospitalisations in the USA.7
  • Asthma causes 1000 deaths a day, 65% of which could be prevented.3,8

People with asthma can live a normal, active life through effective treatment and disease management!9 Education is important so that you can feel empowered to manage and speak to your doctor about your asthma.

Next week we will be speaking about FeNO and how this can help you and your doctor manage your asthma successfully. But in the meantime, check out our handy printouts or speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your or your child’s asthma.

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Supporting evidence:

1. Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). Global strategy for asthma management and prevention, 2023. Available at; https://ginasthma.org/2023-gina-main-report/ 2. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Common Asthma Triggers. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/triggers.html. Accessed: Apr 2024 3. Global Asthma Network. The Global Asthma Report. 2022. 4. Asthma & Lung UK. What is asthma? Available at; https://www.asthmaandlung.org.uk/conditions/asthma/what-asthma. Accessed; Apr 2024. 5. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Asthma facts. Available at; https://aafa.org/asthma/asthma-facts/. Accessed; Apr 2024. 6. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). What is the Prevalence of Asthma? Available at: https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/asthma/background-information/prevalence/. Accessed: Apr 2024 7. Kang HR, et al. Nationwide trends in hospitalization, medical costs, and mortality for asthma after introduction of biologics: A cross-sectional study in the United States. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. 2023 29(7):721–31. 8. Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, Royal College of Physicians of London. Why asthma still kills : the National review of asthma deaths (NRAD). Confidential enquiry report 2014. 87. 9. World Health Organization (WHO). Asthma. Available at; https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/asthma. Accessed; Apr 2024.