From a person that has suffered from asthma for almost twenty years, May is a special me. The month of May is considered National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. Asthma affects more than 25 million people of all ages and races. And, though asthma is widespread, public awareness of common asthma triggers and effective asthma management strategies remains limited. Today more than 300 million people worldwide are living with asthma, and nearly 25 million of them live right here in the U.S. In order to bring awareness to this chronic disease we must educate ourselves with the facts. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation for America,
Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the air passages resulting in the temporary narrowing of the airways that transport air from the nose and mouth to the lungs. Asthma symptoms can be caused by allergens or irritants that are inhaled into the lungs, resulting in inflamed, clogged and constricted airways. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing tightness in the chest. In severe cases, asthma can be deadly.
- There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.
- Asthma has a genetic component. If only one parent has asthma, chances are 1 in 3 that each child will have asthma. If both parents have asthma, it is much more likely (7 in 10) that their children will have asthma.
- More Americans than ever before say they are suffering from asthma. It is one of this country's most common and costly diseases.
Every day in America:
- 44,000 people have an asthma attack.
- 36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
- 27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.
- 4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
- 1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
- 9 people die from asthma
These statistics are daunting and we must do all we can to educate ourselves. You may have personally experienced this chronic disease but you may know someone or perhaps your child may have it. In any circumstance we have to realize that this illness is serious and we must do all we can to educate and promote a healthier lifestyle.
To learn more about Asthma and take action, check out the Asthma and Allergy Foundation for America, http://www.asthmacapitals.com/ .
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