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January 26, 2010 at 6:25 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Asthma: Facts and Fiction

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Asthma Facts

Asthma is a medical condition that affects millions of Americans on a daily basis. Here are a few daily figures regarding asthmatics in America:

  • 11 asthmatics die of the condition
  • 1,000 asthmatics are admitted to the hospital
  • 5,000 asthmatics visit an emergency room
  • 30,000 asthmatics have an asthma attack
  • 40,000 asthmatics miss work or school

Did You Know?

One out of every 15 Americans has asthma, which means that 25 million Americans are asthmatics. Furthermore, asthma, is the most chronic disease found in children; five million American asthmatics are under 18.

Would You Believe?

  1. The risk for asthma is increased due to the following scenarios: air quality, ethnicity, inadequate education, inadequate medical care, indoor allergens, and poverty.
  2. African Americans are more prone to get asthma than Caucasians.
  3. Children are more prone than adults (7-10% and 3-5%, respectively).
  4. Male children are more prone than female children to asthma.
  5. Adult women are more prone than adult men to asthma.
  6. Medical costs associated with asthma equal more than 18 billion dollars annually.

Asthma Fiction

  1. Asthma can be cured: Asthma can be managed, but it's not curable.
  2. No one dies from asthma: More than 4,000 Americans die every year from asthma complications.
  3. Asthma sufferers should avoid exercise of any kind: Asthma sufferers can benefit from swimming and exercises that are done in hot or dry weather.
  4. Asthma is contagious: You cannot catch asthma; it's not contagious.
  5. Asthma is hereditary: Even though asthma isn't hereditary, chances increase by 30% for a child to develop asthma if one parent is asthmatic, and chances increase by 65% for a child to develop asthma if both parents are asthmatic.
  6. Asthma is gone when a person doesn't have a flare in a month: It's possible to still have asthma even though symptoms are dormant.
  7. Asthma is a condition that's located "in the head": Asthma is inflammation, a physical symptom, but asthmatic flares may occur from emotional triggers.

What's an Asthma Sufferer to Do?

The most important thing for an asthma sufferer to do is to learn everything about the condition and what triggers it. If necessary, keep a log of possible triggers and the times and dates asthma bouts are experienced. All-natural dietary supplements are another option for an asthma sufferer. Asthmatics should completely avoid air pollution, aspirin, deodorants (spray-on), dust, emotional stress, food preservatives, heartburn, overexertion, perfume, pet dander, pollen, sinus infections, temperature changes, tobacco smoke, and viruses. Smart asthma sufferers learn how to live their life the way they want. Make some necessary changes, take a deep breath, and breathe in life.

References:

http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8⊂=42#fast ;

http://www.olivija.com/asthma/

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