Today is World Asthma Day 2012 – Dedication to Asthma Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment, an annual event, organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve asthma awareness and care, all around the world.
This year’s World Asthma Day theme is: ‘You can control your asthma’ and this blog focuses on asthma, allergies and our new exciting announcement!
With the summer fast approaching, we can hopefully enjoy the great outdoors and spend most of our time in the glorious sunshine; however in reality, a lot of our time is spent inside (approx. 90%) where indoor allergens hide. Therefore it’s important to make sure our time indoors is as allergy-free as possible.
House dust mites, in particular, can affect the quality of the air inside our homes, causing side effects such as; itchy eyes, shortness of breath, congestion, headaches and even poor sleeping. Indoor allergies are actually very common and approximately 10-20% of the UK population alone has an indoor allergy. Whilst these may not pose a serious threat to our health, those with allergies will tell you that it can have a significant impact on their quality of life.
Asthma can also be triggered by; house dust mites, mould, mildew, pet dander, tobacco smoke, pollen as well as cold air.
Some Unusual Asthma Therapies
Damlatas Caves in Turkey
Have you ever visited the Damlatas Caves which are said to help asthma? The cave, with its temperature of 22-23 degrees Celsius and humidity level of more than 90%, is one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions.
The atmosphere is meant to be therapeutic for people with respiratory problems and, doctors in the town actually prescribe visits to the cave for their patients!
Salt therapy is a common natural treatment in Eastern and central Europe, but mostly unknown elsewhere. Put simply, it is a room full of salt, where you can relax and breathe in the salty air for therapeutic reasons. Again, on the theme of caves, these salt spas can be found in a cave/mine like atmosphere.
So what about a simpler solution to helping asthma and allergies?
You may have already heard the great news about the newly launched KenkoAir® Purifier in Europe!
The KenkoAir® provides fresh, clean air by eliminating air pollutants and bacteria and its medical-grade ULPA filter removes 99.9995% of airborne particles. So it really is like bringing pure, fresh forest air into your home. To find out more, visit our public website or MyNikken to read the latest article on this new modern Nikken product!
Nikken Digital Team 🙂