Living with asthma
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
When asthma symptoms worsen, the result can be an asthma attack. Exposure to dust, tobacco smoke, animal dander, pollen, or mold are some things that can trigger an asthma attack.
Research by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that, of the 14 million adults and six million children with asthma, there are two million asthma-related emergency room visits a year. And asthma now is the most common chronic disease among children.
The agency’s director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, says people with asthma should try to identify and reduce exposure to what’s causing their attacks.
She also says:
“You need to take your medications properly and as directed even when you’re not having trouble breathing, asthma can be managed” (7 seconds)
Clancy says don’t be afraid to ask questions to be sure you understand how to take your medication.
Learn more at hhs.gov.
HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.
Last revised: May 7, 2011