The significant increase in the prevalence of asthma is fast becoming a worldwide health issue. The World Health Organisation figures for 2007 estimate that there are currently 300 million asthma sufferers worldwide and mortality rates are also on the rise.
In response to this increasing problem, the pharmacy staff at Boots in the Golden Island shopping centre, Athlone are running an Asthma Awareness event instore this Friday December 12. The aim of the event is to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care in the local community. The free consultations will include peak flow measurements, a review of inhaler technique, and any other relevent medication issues can be discussed. Information leaflets about the disease and its management will also be available.
Asthma is a chronic disease characterised by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity and frequency from person to person. It is the most common chronic disease among children and is currently under-diagnosed and, in many cases, under-treated.
Recurrent asthma symptoms frequently cause sleeplessness, daytime fatigue, reduced activity levels, and school and work absenteeism, particularly during the winter months when worsening of asthma control is more likely.
To find out more, call in to the asthma awareness event at Boots, Golden Island, Athlone any time during today, Friday.