GSK: ASTHMAlaya ka ba?

GSK Asthmalaya ka ba?
I consider myself as the weak-sickly-kid of the family because I got hospitalized several times more than any of my siblings. lol!

One incident was when we're having a dinner and then suddenly I just can't stop coughing, my mom immediately rushed me to the nearest hospital and got confined more than a week because of Asthma.

GSK Asthmalaya ka ba?
Yesterday I attended an event hosted by GSK (GlaxoSmithKLine) with the campaign Asthmalaya to spread awareness for all Filipinos suffering from this debilitating disease. Did you know that 300 million people worldwide are affected by asthma based on the Global Asthma Report.

This incurable disease burdens patients with a sense of imprisonment and constant restraint preventing them to live their lives to the fullest.

GSK Asthmalaya ka ba?
Asthma can be triggered by dust, changes in weather (often cold), animals (pet hair in particular), exercise, tobacco smoke and stress.

The cause of asthma is unknown, how as shared by Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Inc., (PSAAI) President, Dr. Carmela Kasala, several predisposing factors to include genetic history (personal history or first-degree relative) with asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, weight and smoking history.

Common symptoms include:
  • Constant Wheezing
  • Breathlessness 
  • Chest Tightness 
  • Coughing late at night or early in the morning
GSK Asthmalaya ka ba?
While there's no known cure for asthma, this serious chronic disease can be controlled and effectively treated by establishing a strong partnership between the doctor and its patient, shares Dr. Kasala

In celebration of Worlds Asthma Day, an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care the world, GSK Philippines unveils ASTHMAlaya Ka Ba Talaga? The campaign, a disease awareness initiative that also seeks to encourage asthma patients, to be more proactive in consulting their doctors on how they can achieve asthma control.

GSK Asthmalaya ka ba?
The celebration was participated by advocates from Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) and the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Inc. (PSAAI) who are one with the advocacy of furthering awareness and urgency among patients to consult their doctors for proper asthma control.

As Dr. Pasay profoundly put it, "Our message is clear: "You don't have to serve a life sentence of limitations because of Asthma, be in control and be ASTHMALAYA!"

For more information, check out their Facebook page and Website.

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