According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma affects about 25.7 million people. This includes 7 million children under the age of 18-years-old. It is a significant health and economic burden to patients and their families. In 2010, about 1.8 million people visited an emergency room for asthma related conditions.
Asthma is a chronic medical condition that affects the airways of the lungs. If you have asthma, your airways can narrow and tighten when something triggers your symptoms.
There are several different types of asthma, and many different things can trigger symptoms. For example, some people only have symptoms when they exercise. But asthma does not have to the reason you limit your activity. We can work on a treatment plan to keep your symptoms under control so thay you can stay active and healthy.
Childhood asthma is a problem that millions of children and their families are dealing with. In Illinois, it is estimated that 13.6% of children have asthma. Most children who develop asthma are under the age of 5-years-old. It is not uncommon for asthma to be a reason that children miss school.
It is also common for people with asthma to also have allergies. These allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. So if you are allergic to pollen or dust mites, for example, then being around these may cause you have more wheezing and shortness of breath from asthma. These symptoms of allergies and asthma also run in families. If a family member has a history of allergies or asthma, it is more likely that you or your children may also develop asthma.
The expert asthma professionals at Chicago Allergy & Asthma can provide instant and long term relief. We recently purchased a brand new state-of-the-art spirometry machine with digital and electronic transmission capabilities to make sure that our patients get the most accurate results when diagnosing asthma.
If your testing shows that you have asthma, your doctor will then develop a treatment plan to help control symptoms so that you can breathe and live better. Contact our office today to learn more about the possible treatments.