World Asthma Day is observed on the first Tuesday of the month of May every year around the globe.
Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) observes this day in order to create awareness and concern for the plight of the asthma affected people.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease of the air passages that makes breathing difficult and stressful. In asthma there is inflammation and subsequent narrowing of the airways.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) about 300 million people are affected by asthma and children are no exception.
Asthmatic attacks show symptoms of breath shortness, breathlessness and wheezing. The attack usually occurs after a strenuous exercise or during night.
In 1998, the first World Asthma Day was observed in more than 35 nations. This number is ever increasing since then.
The day draws attention towards the health issues of the asthma patients and it also encourages people to adopt all necessary precautions to stay protected.
The exact cause of asthma is still unknown, however pollutants and dust is the main causative factor or better called asthma triggers.