GREENVILLE, N.C. – (WNCT) A local hospital is changing its look to mark World Asthma Day.
The annual day of awareness is held May 1st of each year.
The James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital in Greenville changed its signature blue tower to gray to mark the occasion.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 25 million people in the United States are affected by asthma. Six million are children.
Fifth-grader Derrick Salcedo said the Pediatric Asthma Program at Vidant Medical Center has taught him how to live a more normal life even with daily symptoms.
Salcedo said, “I think it’s like I have been taking my inhaler and I have been getting more sick. Like sneezing and coughing and stuff like that.”
Jeanine Sharpe is a pediatric asthma case manager at the hospital. Sharpe said, “You have to share with them why you diagnose their kid in the first place. Parents want to know, how to live with this disease, will my child outgrow their asthma. So, I think that is some of the challenges that they face.”
Sharpe said this time of the year asthma symptoms can often be amplified due to allergy season.
Sharpe added once children are diagnosed there are several avenues for treatment.