Important Facts on Asthma and How to Control It
Controlling AsthmaAsthma cannot be cured, but for most patients, it can be controlled -- allowing them to live an active life with only minimal and infrequent symptoms. If you have asthma, taking care of it is an important part of your life. Controlling your asthma means staying away from things that bother your airways and taking medicines as your doctor directs. By controlling your asthma every day, you can prevent serious symptoms and take part in most activities. If your asthma is not well controlled, you are likely to have symptoms that can make you miss school or work and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Asthma is one of the leading causes of children missing school.
If you have asthma, you should see your doctor regularly. You will need to learn what things cause your symptoms to become worse and how to avoid them. Your doctor may also prescribe medicines to keep your asthma under control.
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StatisticsIn the United States, about 15 million people have asthma. Nearly 5 million of them are children. Asthma is closely linked to allergies. Most, but not all, people with asthma have allergies. Children with a family history of allergy and asthma are more likely to have asthma themselves.
Although asthma affects people of all ages, it often starts in childhood and is more common in children than adults. More boys have asthma than girls; but in adulthood, more women have asthma than men.
Although asthma is a problem among all races, blacks have more asthma attacks and are more likely than whites to be hospitalized for asthma attacks and to die from asthma.
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