World Asthma Day was started by the Global Initiative for Asthma in 1998 as a way to raise awarness about the disease and improve its care.
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The theme for World Asthma Day 2018 is "Never Too Early, Never Too Late. It’s Always the Right Time to Address Airways Disease".
As of 2018, 235 million people have asthma. It's the most common disease among children.
There's no cure for asthma, but attacks can be prevented or reduced. It's important to avoid triggers like smoke, mold, outdoor air pollution, and colds and the flu. Inhaled corticosteroids and other medicines can also help.
The symptoms of milder forms of asthma in children can go away as they age.
383,000 people died from asthma in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.
According to getasthmahelp.org, famous people with asthma include David Beckham, Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Isaiah Thomas, Frank Lampard, Ludwig von Beethoven, Eminem, Joseph Pulitzer, Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy.