Asthma, a major noncommunicable disease (NCD), is one of the most prevalent health conditions in the country, affecting about 21 million Filipinos. Besides breathing difficulties, asthma’s effects include trouble sleeping, fatigue and poor concentration. On top of the health and wellness concerns, long-time care can negatively impact one’s financial well-being.
So, what can be done to help patients with asthma?
Unfortunately, there is still no cure for asthma. However, effective management can help control the symptoms so that asthma patients can enjoy an active, normal life.
According to Dr. Dex Macalintal, a registered nutritionist-dietitian and one of the pioneers of lifestyle medicines in the Philippines, long-term control medications important in managing asthma, but the most reliable solution is quick-relief medications. “One of the most recommended ways for quick relief and to address asthma symptoms is the use of nebulizers at home,” he said.
Dr. Mitch Syquia, a pulmonologist-pediatrician and former chief resident of the Department of Pediatrics at Perpetual Help Medical Center, shares the same view. “Having a nebulizer unit and medication at home makes a lot of difference, particularly for children with asthma. Besides giving quick relief, this reduces and even eliminates the need to go to the hospital or seek emergency assistance during asthma exacerbations. This is why I always tell my pediatric asthmatic patients and their families to do at-home nebulization,” she said.
In its commitment to promote awareness for at-home nebulization and in celebration of this year’s Lung Month, OMRON has announced that it is slashing P300 off its nebulizer products in line with its Relax Ka Lungs campaign. The promo runs until October 31.