World Asthma Day: 5 facts about the chronic disease all families ought to know

It was reported in 2014 that almost 300 South Africans per million die due to asthma each year. This makes it the highest reported mortality rate for the condition in the world according to the Global Asthma Network's 2014 Report.

Today is World Asthma Day, a global event dedicated to raising awareness around the chronic condition and improving the quality of life of those living with asthma.

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson show focused on families living with asthma and she spoke to Dr Shirani Naidoo, a paediatric specialist at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, and Chair of the National Asthma Education Programme.

Naidoo says that the number of South Africans living with asthma is continuously increasing.

Allergies and asthma have experienced phenomenal growth. In Africa, we're seeing that there is a significant increase not just in asthma, but in all the allergic conditions and we are finding a large number of affected patients.

Naidoo says that there have been rapid environmental changes on the continent that have accelerated some of the population towards allergies. She says there is a great deal of research and innovation invested in understanding the illness.

Here are 5 key facts about asthma every one ought to know, according Naidoo:

1. Up to 15% of school going children have a troublesome wheeze in the country.

2. Asthma is the single most common chronic disease of childhood across the developing world.

3. Asthma symptoms are episodic: they are coughing, wheezing and chest tightness.

4. The condition of asthma, however, is on going. There is an underlying chronic inflammatory process that occurs in one's airwaves.

5. Asthma is not infectious, but is hyper-reactive. And it requires chronic anti-inflammatory medication that can help prevent asthma attacks which are available at both public and private health facilities in the country.

Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson show:


This article first appeared on 702 : World Asthma Day: 5 facts about the chronic disease all families ought to know


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
SA's Michael Houlie (18) talks clinching gold in historic Youth Olympics swim

SA's Michael Houlie (18) talks clinching gold in historic Youth Olympics swim

SA swimming sensation Michael Houlie took gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games last week.

ADT to pay up R29k for items stolen when guards were on duty after CT house fire

ADT to pay up R29k for items stolen when guards were on duty after CT house fire

Personal belongings were stolen from this Newlands home overnight in May while Fidelity ADT officials were apparently on guard.

This local comic strip is spreading breast cancer awareness online

This local comic strip is spreading breast cancer awareness online

The series, called Girl Talk, is a project by NGO the Pink Drive, cartoon writer Deni Brown and illustrator Jesse Breytenbach.

Arbitrator will step in to help resolve CT firefighters' pay dispute

Arbitrator will step in to help resolve CT firefighters' pay dispute

The City of Cape Town briefed the media on the labour dispute and the impact on fire and rescue operations on Monday.

Safe drop-off point launched for unwanted babies in Lavender Hill

Safe drop-off point launched for unwanted babies in Lavender Hill

The Baby Saver is a metal container outside a safe house. Responders are alerted once a woman places their unwanted baby inside.

Cape cyclists encouraged to hop on 'bike buses' for weekly mass ride into CBD

Cape cyclists encouraged to hop on 'bike buses' for weekly mass ride into CBD

Open Streets has organised weekly #Bike2Work bike buses from Claremont, Gugulethu and Table View every Friday during October.

Popular articles
'The EFF seems to be trying to find scapegoats'

'The EFF seems to be trying to find scapegoats'

Deputy Editor at Financial Mail, Sikhonathi Mantshantsha, seems to be finding excuses as to why its leaders are in trouble.

I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Madzonga, who claims innocence and that Chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi lied to him.

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

Here we go again… The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa Connected Host Lee Kasumba.

'Clicks false-positive pregnancy tests causes a lot of heartbreak'

'Clicks false-positive pregnancy tests causes a lot of heartbreak'

Some of the women who used these tests shared their heartbreaking stories with Business Insider Online.

Tax payers could go back to filing returns manually if Sars system not fixed

Tax payers could go back to filing returns manually if Sars system not fixed

Marc Sevitz of Tax Tim says it is scary to think the system might collapse and taxpayers will have to file manually.

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

News 24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan reports that Zuma was granted the loan despite the fact that he could not afford it.

Let your nose decide if docci claims into perfume industry are true

Let your nose decide if docci claims into perfume industry are true

Claims have been made that the perfume industry don't want consumers to know the real cost of making these products.

Woman alleges pastor Omotoso began sexually abusing her at 14

Woman alleges pastor Omotoso began sexually abusing her at 14

Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso and his two co-accused face multiple charges, including human trafficking, racketeering and rape.