Asthma is a lifelong inflammatory disease that can make it hard for you
to move air in and out of your lungs. An asthma attack can arise when
you are exposed to things in your surroundings such as pets, dust mites,
and tobacco smoke. These are called asthma triggers. Asthma triggers shrink
the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs.
Facts about Asthma
According to the latest information available from the American Lung Association,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:
- More than 23 million people in the United States are diagnosed with asthma.
- 7.1 million children in the United States have asthma.
- Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children in the United States.
- Asthma accounts for 13 million absences from school each year.
- Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospitalization among children under
the age of 15.
- The annual healthcare cost of asthma is approximately $20.7 billion dollars.
- Treatment cannot cure asthma, but can help keep it under control.
- Currently there is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled and managed
with proper use of medication and minimizing triggers.