World Asthma Day

World asthma day

May 1, 2018

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Childhood is filled with exploration and games, and an asthma diagnosis changes that.

At Philips we believe there is always a way to make life better and this World Asthma Day, we want to help build parents’ confidence in managing their child’s asthma. Offering parents more peace of mind and giving children the freedom to enjoy life – so that they can get back to just being a kid.


Our own Philips medical professionals have helped to provide parents with practical, helpful advice and guidance, answering some of the questions you might have about Asthma and what your children are experiencing.


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  • Asthma is a condition that affects the airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – making it harder for people to breathe


  • An estimated 334 million people worldwide1 suffer from asthma and it is estimated that number will grow by more than 100 million by 2025²

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  • 14% of the world’s children experience asthma symptoms1, and 1 in 11 children are currently receiving treatment for asthma3


  • In the US, almost half of children miss at least 1 day of school each year because of their asthma4


  • Asthma can be difficult to diagnose in young children and is most commonly diagnosed when they are over the age of five5


  • 67% of uncontrolled asthma patients mistakenly believe their asthma is under control6


  • 90% of patients have incorrect MDI (inhaler)  technique7
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Breathe easier at home


Helping you manage the indoor air quality you and your family are exposed to, keeping your home clean and healthy.

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Asthma and your child


Philips asthma management solutions put control of your child's asthma in your hands, so you can focus on what matters most.

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¹ http://www.globalasthmareport.org/burden/burden.php, 2014

² http://www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/asthma-statistics

³ World Health Organization. Global surveillance, prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases: a comprehensive approach, 2007

⁴ Asthma’s Impact on the Nation, CDC National Asthma Control Programme, United States


http://us.gsk.com/media/620437/gsk_twitter-infographic-may-3.png. Accessed October 2017.

⁷ Bonds R.S. Misuse of medical devices among patients in a tertiary care Allergy/Immunology practice. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2017, 133(3) supplement: AB156.