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Research has found that more than 20 million Americans suffer from some form of asthma.  That is roughly seven percent of the U.S. population.  It has been found that nearly 300 million people suffer from asthma worldwide.


This number is continuing to grow and by the year 2025, it is estimated, that nearly one hundred million more people will be diagnosed with this condition (HealthMad, 2011).


With this remarkable growing number, Family Medical Walk-In Clinic wanted to provide you with a few helpful tips that will further explain the signs and symptoms of asthma and what to do if you or a loved one is faced with this illness.


What is Asthma?

Content provided by MayoClinic.com

 

Asthma occurs when your airways narrow and swell.  Your airways will produce extra mucus causing your breathing to become difficult.  Asthma can’t be cured, but it’s symptoms can be controlled.


Children and Asthma

According to the CDC.gov

 

Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness among children and youth in the U.S.

 

In 2007:

  • 5.6 million school-aged children and youth (5-17 years old) were reported to have active asthma.
  • 2.9 million of these children reported having an asthma attack within the last year.
  • In a classroom, 3 out of 30 children have asthma.
  • The average cost of treating children under the age of 18, with asthma is $3.2 billion per year.
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15.


Asthma Signs and Symptoms

  • Symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person.
  • Between flare-ups you may feel normal and have no problems breathing.
  • You may experience symptoms at night, during high intensity exercises, allergy induced, or all the time.
  • Coughing.
  • Wheezing when exhaling (a common sign of asthma in children).
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Tightness in the chest.


When to See a Doctor

  • If you think you or a loved one may have asthma.
  • To monitor your asthma after diagnosis.
  • If your asthma symptoms get worse.
  • To review your treatment.


What Causes Someone to have Asthma?

 

According to the MayoClinic.com it is unclear as to why some people have asthma and why some don’t.  It is most likely due to a combination of the environment and genetic (inherited) factors.


Risk Factors

  • Having a blood relative that has asthma.
  • Having an allergic condition.
  • Being overweight.
  • Being a smoker.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Having a mother who smoked while pregnant.
  • Exposure to pollution.
  • Low birth weight.

 

Preventing Asthma Attacks

 

Prevention and long-term control is the key to keeping your asthma under control.  Treatments usually involve learning to recognize your triggers, taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing.  Talk with your doctor about what medications are right for you.


Living with Asthma

  • Pace yourself.
  • Make a daily to-do list.
  • Talk with others who have the same condition.
  • If your child has asthma, do your best in explaining it to them.  Encourage them that they are doing a good job in preventing asthma attacks every step of the way.


Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma/index.htm

http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/how-many-people-have-asthma/

http://www.bing.com/health/article/mayo-125153/Asthma?q=asthma

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