The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009. From 2001 through 2009 asthma rates rose the most among black children, almost a 50% increase. Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007. Asthma costs in the US grew from about $53 billion in 2002 to about $56 billion in 2007, about a 6% increase. Greater access to medical care is needed for the growing number of people with asthma. What can be done?
Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. It can limit a person's quality of life. While we don't know why asthma rates are rising, we do know that most people with asthma can control their symptoms and prevent asthma attacks by avoiding asthma triggers and correctly using prescribed medicines, such as inhaled corticosteroids.
For over 100 years, National Institutes of Health has supported biomedical research to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. The Asthma Fact Sheet tells the story of research discovery, current treatment status, and future expectations for the prevention and treatment of asthma and asmetic conditions affecting the nation's health.
Many people develop asthma in childhood. However, asthma symptoms can appear at any time in life. Individuals who develop asthma as adults are said to have adult onset asthma. It is possible to first develop asthma at age 50, 60, or even later in life.
Paul Ehrlich, MD, and Larry Chiaramonte, MD, are the authors of Asthma, Allergies, Children: A Parent’s Guide. Here are their answers to some of the most common questions they hear from parents asking about the problems that plague their children:
The nation’s allergists help adults and children learn if they are at risk for asthma or exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) as the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology conducts its 15th annual Nationwide Asthma Screening Program.
A cough at night. A cold that doesn’t go away. A whistling sound when breathing out. Maybe even a late-night trip to the hospital because that breathing didn’t seem quite right. If you’ve had any of this happen with your young child, you may be worried and wondering what’s going on. It could be your child has asthma, a serious and sometimes dangerous disease.
by Clifford W. Bassett, MD, FAAAAI
Asthma and other related respiratory diseases are common in older adults because there is a decrease in lung capacity in people over the age of 40. The senior age group represents the fastest growing segment in our country, and, therefore, asthma is a disease of significant importance.