Our modern day indoor lifestyle is causing asthma & allergies to become a massive problem in Malta
One of the factors for the rise of asthma is that we spend more time inside of our houses.
In 2005, 9 per cent of children aged six and seven suffered from asthma. In the year 2016 had this gone up to 34.9 per cent.
Thirteen per cent of the population are estimated to suffer from this chronic disease, with two or three fatal cases a year, marking it as one of the highest incidence in Europe, according to the Malta Asthmatics Society.
“Children are staying at home more,” health promotion director for Malta and Gozo Charmaine Gauci said, adding that most people “spend 90 per cent of their time indoors”.
The top 5 causes for causing asthma & allergies are, second-hand smoke, dust mites, mould, pets and cockroaches.
Household products, such as bleach, spray deodorants, cleaning solvents, perfume, glue and drain openers can also spark off an attack.
Not all is doom and gloom, however. When controlled, asthma should not prevent anyone from leading a normal lifestyle, according to Prof. Joseph Cacciottolo, head of the University’s Department of Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
An indoor lifestyle, however, is not the only cause of a rise in the incidence of asthma. Increasing levels of air pollutants such as ozone, sulphur and exhaust particles are also high risk factors.
“A person whose asthma is well controlled should not have any sudden attacks, even when under physical or emotional stress.”
Treatment of asthma should be tailored to the lifestyle and not vice versa.
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