World Asthma Day will take place next Tuesday, 5 May. This chronic respiratory disease is characterised by attacks during which the lining of the bronchi swells, causing the bronchi to become narrower, and reducing the volume of air inhaled and exhaled. Asthma usually has an allergic component, i.e. its progression is influenced by exposure to inhaled allergens, such as pollens, moulds, house dust mites, pollution, etc.
A poor knowledge of asthma, and the still too many preconceived ideas are a serious impediment to the proper management of this disease, which affected 235 million people worldwide in 2013. While common in children, asthma remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Organised this year around the theme of “Asthma: let’s get rid of received ideas!” this day is therefore an opportunity to raise awareness among the general public, and highlight research achievements in the area.