Asthma is clearly a very common disease that affects millions of people. Every day in America:
- 44,000 people have an asthma attack.
- 36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
- 27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.
- 4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
- 1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
- 9 people die from asthma.
- Dry cough, especially at night or in response to specific "triggers"
- Tightness or pressure in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or a whistling sound when exhaling
Fast facts from the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Managing your asthmaAsthma is a very manageable disease for most people. Once your doctor determines you have asthma, you can discuss a health plan to keep the symptoms at bay. Your physician can help you learn which triggers to avoid, how to know when an asthma attack is coming on, and things you can do to minimize the attack.
Find a doctor to help you manage your asthma.
Special concerns for women with asthmaWomen face different challenges with asthma than men. Pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and menopause all change the ways asthma can affect a woman. Hormones in particular can dramatically impact how a known trigger can affect a woman's ability to breathe.
Hormones themselves are not asthma triggers but they can change the way the body responds to inflammation which, in turn, can aggravate asthma symptoms. Women with asthma should monitor their monthly cycle to help understand when their asthma triggers might be higher. When going through menopause, women should also talk to their doctor about how their fluctuating hormone levels might affect their asthma. It's also not unusual for adult-onset asthma to strike women in menopause - even if they've never had asthma before.