Tuesday, May 1, 2012 has been proclaimed World Asthma Day 2012. The day is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the millions of people living with asthma.
Asthma affects more than 25 million people in the United States, and in Michigan, asthma accounts for almost 10 percent of all hospitalizations in children. Asthma is one of the nation's most common and costly diseases.
Asthma is an under-managed chronic disease in Michigan. Of the 686,000 adults with asthma in Michigan, less than one-half report that their disease is well controlled and nearly a quarter report their disease is poorly controlled.
One frightening statistic – there are roughly 130 deaths due to asthma each year in the State.
Another surprising number – the asthma mortality rate for black persons is three times that for white persons in the State.
Asthma is a serious chronic disease of the lungs that is caused by swelling in the airways. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be prevented and controlled with proper care. Your airways are super sensitive and react to or are triggered by many things such as:
- Tobacco smoke
- Dust mites
- Outdoor air pollution
- Cockroach allergan
- Wood smoke
- Strong odors
- Strenuous physical exercise
- Emotional stress
- Changes in weather
- Certain foods
Signs and symptoms of asthma:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Chronic cough
- Cough lasting more than a week, or that happens after exercise or during the night
- A cold that lasts for more than 10 days and goes into your chest
Asthma Initiative of Michigan: A Blueprint for Action – Strategic Plan 2011 – 2014
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