Ten fun facts about Asthma

Fact 1
At least 22 million Americans have asthma and about 6.5 million of them are people under the age of 18.

Fact 2
Although many deaths from asthma are avoidable with treatment and proper care, each day at least 9 Americans die from asthma. There are more than 3,300 deaths a year from asthma.

Fact 3
Boys are twice as likely to develop asthma than girls, but in adults, women are more likely than men.

Fact 4
Sports can still be included in your daily activities if you have asthma. Footballer David Beckham and swimmers Dawn Fraser both have asthma.

Fact 5
With the inclusion of hospital stays, lost school and work days and medical costs, asthma's economic costs is more than $56 billion every year.

Fact 6
Common triggers of asthma are usually things like mold, smoke, bad weather and dust, but asthma attacks can also stem from stress or over-excitement.

Fact 7
Though only 10% of asthmatics develop severe asthma, which is less than 1-2% of the population, it's still a large number.

Fact 8
Medications like albuterol give temporary relief, but they don't treat the swelling in the airways, so using other medications may be necessary to treat asthma.

Fact 9
Asthma is an incurable disease but can be medicated using long term or quick relief medicines, most of which are distributed by an inhaler.

Fact 10
Being aware of your surroundings when your asthma symptoms occur is important, since up to 20% of asthma in adults is considered work-related asthma.

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Short about Asthma
A disorder that causes inflammation of the airways and lungs.

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