Cipla raises Asthma Awareness in Monsoons

28th July 2010 | Hyderabad

Monsoon bringing joy for many could pose a threat to people with asthma especially around the time of thunderstorm. The change in humidity and electrical charges that occur during thunderstorms releases a burst of pollens and molds in the air. These could severe asthma symptoms and trigger an asthma attack which could further lead to hospitalization. Therefore, with rise in humidity levels, it is important for asthmatics to strictly adhere to the prescribed inhalation therapy as a preventive measure and also understand the triggers and avoid them.

With a view to creating awareness on preventive measures for asthmatics in monsoon, Breathefree, a public service initiative from Cipla organized a mini-walkathon with asthmatics in the city. Reinforcing the importance of inhalers in asthma treatment, asthmatics from the city walked with umbrellas to highlight that just as umbrellas protect from rains, inhalers protect asthmatics from getting attacks. Interesting slogans such as ‘Rains and asthma attacks are unpredictable; carry your inhaler like your umbrella everyday’ were printed on the umbrellas to spread the message.

Addressing the press conference organized before the walkathon, Dr. Sudheer Alapati, Pulmonologist and General Physician, Sunshine Hospitals, Hyderabad said, “With the advent of monsoon, majority of people face several health problems like fever, cough, running nose and congestion. Humid weather could be considered as the worst period for asthmatics and they often find it difficult to keep their asthma under control in monsoons. It is imperative that asthmatics use their inhalers everyday as guided by the doctor. The use of inhalers along with understanding the triggers and avoiding them could go a long way in preventing asthma attacks.”

During monsoons, the incidence of asthma attacks and hospitalization increases due to increase in pollens, fungal spores, house dust mites thriving in damp houses, accumulation of dander from pets and dogs in houses, and rising air pollution levels. So, it is essential for asthmatics to control their condition by identifying factors that trigger the asthma attacks and taking the necessary measures to minimize the triggers at home, at work or school. If there is a situation where an asthmatic cannot avoid the trigger, pre-treatment with appropriate asthma medication can prevent the symptoms.

Ways to control your asthma in the rains:

Use your inhaler every day as guided by your doctor
Keep windows closed during pollen seasons.
Wash all bedding in hot water, once a week.
Avoid carpets but if you cannot rid of your carpeting, vaccum often. If your child has asthma, do not vaccum while he or she is in the room.
Avoid curtains and drapes. Dust all the surfaces with a damp cloth often, including lampshades and window sills.
Keep all clothing, toys and books in closed drawers, cupboards, and bookshelves.
Prevent molds from growing in bathrooms by keeping it clean. Keep indoor plants out of bedrooms. Avoid sources of outdoor molds, such as wet leaves or garden debris.
If you have a cat or dog in the home, restricts its living area. It should not be allowed in your bedroom at any time. If possible, kept outside. Animal dander from pets can trigger asthma attacks.

About Cipla
Cipla laid foundations for the Indian pharma industry way back in 1935. At a time when the British ruled India and medicines were neither readily available nor affordable, Dr. K. A. Hamied founded Cipla towards making the country self-reliant in healthcare. He built Cipla with a promise “Never again will India be starved of essential drugs.”

Over the years Cipla has grown to be one of the most respected names in pharmaceuticals not just in India but worldwide. It’s state- of -the art R&D centre has given the country and the world many firsts. This includes the revolutionary AIDS cocktail for less than a dollar a day. With over 40 manufacturing units across the country, Cipla manufactures over 1200 products in various categories and has a presence in crop care and veterinary too.

With a turnover of over 5000 crores, Cipla today serves doctors and patients in over 176 countries. It has earned a name for maintaining one global standard across all its products and services. Cipla continues to support, improve and save millions of lives with its innovative drugs and devices.