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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Did you know…..May is Asthma Awareness Month?
- According to the CDC, there are 25.5 million Americans living with asthma, a disease affecting the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.
- In Cook County, 317,906 adults and 121,610 children have been diagnosed with asthma.
- More than half (58%) of all children with asthma in Chicago had a severe asthma attack in the past year, and nearly one-third (31%) had an asthma attack so bad they thought their life was in danger.
- Asthma is the number one cause of school absenteeism due to a chronic illness among children.
So, you ask, what does this mean?
If you are suffering from asthma symptoms, now is the time to learn the best way to manage your asthma and take back control of your health. Talk with your healthcare provider and work with them to develop an asthma action management plan and take all prescribed medications.
In addition, start learning what your asthma environmental triggers (those things that aggravate your sensitive airways that lead to asthma episodes) and warning signs (those symptoms that tell you when your asthma is beginning to act up) are and fine ways to avoid them.
If you have a child that suffers from asthma, talk to your pediatrician and learn about the best ways to teach them how to manage their symptoms. Talk to school administrators and teachers….
And most importantly, Become an advocate and keep current with statistics and legislation.
For more information….