It’s likely that you know someone with asthma, and you might know a little bit about how it works. But there’s a lot happening under the surface that might surprise you.
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects about 1 in 12 Americans. If you have asthma, your airways are always inflamed, which makes it hard to breathe in and out. Since asthma is relatively common, most of us probably know a little bit about it, but there's a lot about asthma you might not know.
1. Don't let asthma stop you from being active. Many athletes have asthma and go on to do great things. If you have asthma, plan ahead before exercising. Warm up slowly, and take your medication as directed.
2. Asthma attacks can be triggered by lots of different things, like pollen and pets, exercise, smoke, pollution, and colds.
3. Some people think asthma is a kids disease, but it's not necessarily. Of the nearly 25 million Americans with asthma, 18 million of those are adults. Asthma usually begins in childhood, and it can change over time, but most people have asthma for the rest of their lives. That's why it's important to work with your doctor to adjust your treatment plan as you get older.
4. By using Healthgrades' Guided Physician Search, it's easy to find a doctor who's the best fit for you and your condition.
5. We can't cure asthma, but we can control it with the right treatment. Getting a diagnosis and a treatment plan can help you manage the disease, relieve symptoms, and prevent asthma attacks. Talk to your doctor about the right treatment plan for you.
6. Studies show when people have a close working relationship with their asthma doctor, they have more control of their symptoms. Seeing your doctor regularly can reduce asthma symptoms, ER visits, hospital stays, and healthcare costs. Uncontrolled asthma accounts for about 14.2 million lost work days for adults. The condition can change over time, so it's important to keep up with your doctor's appointments. Remember, you can find the right doctor to treat your asthma at Healthgrades.
Medical Reviewers:William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Review Date:11-04-2015