World Asthma and Allergy Day
The World Health Organization (WHO) established, that May 30 is World Asthma and Allergy Day.
According to statistics, more than 40% of the world’s population affected by one or more allergic disorders, and by 2025 this mark will increase to 50%. At the present time every third inhabitant of the planet suffers from allergic rhinitis and almost every tenth – from bronchial asthma. The data is deplorable, so this day aims to raise people’s awareness of such serious diseases as bronchial asthma and allergy, for their effective prevention, early diagnosis and treatment.
Allergy is a reaction of the immune system to an allergen, which leads to various disorders in the body: inflammation, bronchospasm, necrosis, shock and other changes.
As for bronchial asthma, it is a heterogeneous disease characterized by chronic airways inflammation. It has its own specific symptoms: wheezing, shortness of breath, a feeling of tightness in the chest and cough. A significant number of such patients have allergies to certain substances, which can cause the development of the disease.
To prevent allergic diseases:
- regularly clean and ventilate your home to reduce indoor allergens exposure;
- use personal protective equipment in the workplace to reduce industrial allergens exposure;
- quit smoking;
- make an appointment with a doctor if you have symptoms you think are caused by an allergy;
- do not self-medicate.
Remember that early diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergies will help to control their course and live a full life. For this purpose, in 2021 Astrapharm launched on the pharmaceutical market of Ukraine an OTC antihistamine drug – Astria.
The active substance of the drug is desloratadine. It is a selective long-acting histamine H-1 antagonist, which has both potent antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
The advantage of Astria is its proven effectiveness for patients with bronchial asthma. The results of studies confirm that montelukast (leukotriene receptor antagonist) and desloratadine synergistically inhibit the allergen-induced early asthmatic response (1).
Astria comes in film-coated tablets, that contain 5 mg of desloratadine.
The drug is dispensed without prescription.
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- Effects of montelukast-desloratadine combination on early and late asthma responses Davis BE, Illamperuma C, Gauvreau GM, et al. Single-dose desloratadine and montelukast and allergen-induced late airway responses. Eur Respir J 2009;33(6):1302-308