Asthma not a road block in life: Ex­perts

Millennium Post - - Mp City -

NEW DELHI: With a mo­tive to clear the clouded vi­sion about asthama, coun­try's first ‘Asthma Di­a­logue' pro­grame or­gainsed by the res­pi­ra­tory ex­perts and real-life he­roes, who as­sem­bled to de­mys­tify asthma, clear the mis­con­cep­tions around asthma and its treat­ment.

The ace bad­minton player, Paru­palli Kashyap, who was guest speaker said, “Asthma is not cur­able but it can be con­trolled well enough and it should not be a de­ter­rent in

lead­ing the life of your dreams. If Asthma has not lim­ited my

life, then why yours?” Dr Hi­man­shu Garg, Head, Depart­ment of Pul­monology, of a pri­vate hospi­tal said, "When it comes to asthma, there is a lack of in­sight and lots of mis­con­cep­tion

75 per­cent of the asth­mat­ics have never had a lung func­tion test

and myths sur­round­ing the dis­ease and its avail­able treat­ments.”

To reach out to peo­ple with real-life suc­cess sto­ries, and to change their mind­set around Asthma and its treat­ment, Dr Prat­i­bha Do­gra, Sr Con­sul­tant said, “Asthma in In­dia comes with huge so­cial stigma. For­get about tak­ing the right treat­ment, peo­ple even fear to get di­ag­nosed with asthma and of­ten hide their di­ag­no­sis which makes them de­lay the right treat­ment which harms them in the long term.

“The real-life he­roes present be­tween us are proof that Asthma, if man­aged timely and prop­erly, can never be­come an ob­sta­cle in life. We need to un­der­stand that there is noth­ing wrong in getting di­ag­nosed with Asthma, but not ad­dress­ing it prop­erly, she added.

Ac­cord­ing to a study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Physi­cians of In­dia, asth­mat­ics in In­dia be­lieved that their asthma was un­der con­trol if they have upto two emer­gency doc­tor vis­its a year.

The qual­ity of life of these pa­tients was sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected with 93 per­cent school/ work ab­sen­teeism and a loss of 50 per­cent pro­duc­tiv­ity. 75 per­cent of the asth­mat­ics have never had a lung func­tion test.

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