Asthma action plans can save lives

April 27th, 2017

May is designated as Asthma Awareness Month

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 27, 2017). – Over 22 million people living in the United States have asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs. Asthma can cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. For those who suffer from asthma, it can be life-threatening. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately half of Americans with asthma had at least one asthma attack in 2012. More children (55%) than adults (49%) had an attack.

These dangerous and sometimes life-threatening asthma attacks reduce the quality of life for people with asthma. The good news is that we can raise awareness about asthma and how it can be controlled.

People with asthma can prevent asthma attacks if they learn how to avoid asthma triggers like tobacco smoke, mold, outdoor air pollution, and colds and flu. Asthma episodes can also be prevented by using inhaled corticosteroids and other prescribed daily long-term control medicines correctly.

Studies show that less than half of people with asthma report being taught how to avoid triggers. Almost half of adults who were taught how to avoid triggers did not follow most of this advice.

To raise awareness about the health consequences and personal and financial costs of asthma, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and Parkview Health are teaming up and participating in Asthma Awareness Month throughout May. Both organizations are joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in encouraging people with asthma to learn more about how to control asthma and prevent asthma episodes.

It’s Time to Control Asthma in Allen County and throughout the world. To learn more about asthma control and management, visit CDC at www.cdc.gov/asthma.

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