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Asthma Facts and Statistics

Here are some interesting facts as they relate to asthma:

» Asthma affects more than 20 million Americans.

» There is no cure for asthma, however there are effective ways of treating asthma.

» A child is highly likely to have asthma if both his parents had asthma.

» According to the CDC, asthma accounts for one-fourth (1 in 4) of all emergency room visits.

» According to the CDC, more females die from asthma than males (65% - 35%).

» According to the CDC, the most common triggers of an asthma attack are second-hand tobacco smoke, dusts mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroach allergens, pets, and mold.

» The most common signs of an Asthma attack are: coughing while exercising or right after exercising, shortness of breath, wheezing sounds when breathing, tightness in your chest.

» Asthma is a major problem worldwide, not just in the United States.

» May is Asthma Awareness Month.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, every single day in America:

» 40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma.

» 30,000 people have an asthma attack.

» 5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.

» 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.

» 11 people die from asthma.

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