World Asthma Day: Breathing fresh air into a serious health issue

Asthma affects approximately 18-24 million Americans with millions being children. It is estimated by the CDC that 3 in 5 people are living with asthma today at a cost of $56 billion per year.

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SAN DIEGO. May 2, 2017, Today is World Asthma Day and many Americans are celebrating in style!

On May 2, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. a massive lunch box
demonstration is planned in our nation’s capital, and all concerned
Americans are invited.

Located at Union Station and Massachusetts Avenue, between 1st and 2nd
Streets in Northeast Washington, D.C., an installation of 77,000 lunch boxes
or trays will be displayed.

The combined 77,000 lunch boxes represents the total number of American
children who miss school each day due to being stricken by asthma.

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As a joint effort by the national Allergy and Asthma Network and Moms
Clean Air Force, also in partnership with Alliance of Nurses for Health
Environments and Breathe DC, each lunch box will contain a note about the
effects of asthma on children across the U.S. which will be delivered to
members of Congress to help raise awareness.

Asthma affects approximately 18-24 million Americans with approximately 6
million being children.

It is estimated by the CDC that 3 in 5 people are living with asthma today.

The cost of asthma in the U.S. is estimated to be approximately $56 billion
each year.

“Everybody deserves to breathe easily, but for the millions suffering from
asthma in the United States it’s a daily struggle for air. In San Diego
alone, we have over 200,000 adults and children with asthma,” says Rita
Redaelli, Managing Director, American Lung Association in California – San

World Asthma Day initiatives first began in 1998 by the Global Initiatives
for Asthma.

With approximately 235 million of members of our global community stricken
by asthma, World Asthma Day is organized in over 35 countries.

Asthma is a chronic, incurable lung disease which can cause coughing,
wheezing, chest tightening, difficulty breathing with varying degrees of
severity and death.

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Every individual’s case of asthma varies in intensity from slight to severe.

When a variety of environmental and other triggers become inhaled, lungs
may become inflamed and constricted, creating slight to severe difficulty
in breathing while limiting the body’s ability to intake oxygen.

Exactly what triggers an asthmatic reaction can vary with each

Common triggers such as pet hair, grasses, and plants, perfume, smoke,
second-hand smoke, gasoline exhaust, fumes from certain chemicals, mold,
changes in the weather, environmental changes, physical activity and more
could create distress in the ability to normally breathe leading to an
asthmatic attack.

“That’s why today, on World Asthma Day, and every day of the year, the
Lung Association works tirelessly to reduce public exposure to secondhand
smoke and improve our air quality so that all those with asthma can
breathe a bit easier.” says Redaelli. 

The CDC estimates that there are approximately 1.6 million emergency room
visits each year due to asthmatic reactions, and 6.5% of every physician
medical record contains an asthma diagnosis.

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Children and adults of all ages would need to seek immediate medical
attention if experiencing any symptoms of an asthmatic attack especially
if breathing becomes compromised.

It is critical to have a physician conduct a complete physical examination
and to check lung function with a simple but effective breathing test
known as spirometry which would help to determine an asthma diagnosis.

Additionally, complete allergy testing is highly recommended to help
determine possible asthma triggers so that they might be avoided.

There are a variety of treatments available to help those with asthma
including methods for preventing it.

For further information and assistance please contact the following

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Allergy and Asthma Network:

Moms Clean Air Force:

A press conference for the World Asthma Day Lunch Box Installation at
Union Station will be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Participate and support this massive effort and help keep the breath of
life flowing freely for millions of U.S. asthma sufferers.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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