Asthma: The most common, costly illness in the U.S.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease, caused by inflammation of air passages that narrows the airways between your nose and mouth and your lungs.
Asthma is the most common and costly illness in the United States, affecting 17 million Americans, and claiming more than a dozen lives every day. It’s the most common childhood disease, affecting more than one child in 20. Asthma is the only chronic disease, other than AIDS and tuberculosis, that has an increasing death rate.
If asthma is properly managed, many asthma-related deaths and hospitalizations are preventable. Proper management includes the following:
- Try to avoid environmental factors that can make their asthma worse;
- Recognize early warning signs of an an asthma episode;
- Take prescribed medications as directed;
- Seek medical help whenever problems occur.
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For more information on asthma, contact:
Sharon Page, RRT
McLaren Greater Lansing Asthma Education Program
Meerman Center – Greenlawn Campus