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What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition that makes it difficult to inhale and exhale air from

the lungs.


8.3% of Americans have asthma


Presently, there are approximately 6.2 million children under the age of 18 living with asthma


Asthma prevalence is higher in children (9.4%) than in adults (7.7%)


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A child may experience shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing.


Wheezing manifests as a high-pitched whistling sound that can be audible from across the room, but at times, it may be so faint that the child's physician might not detect it. The child often expresses feeling short of breath and experiencing chest tightness or pressure.


Asthma exists in two primary forms: intrinsic and extrinsic, or a combination of both.


The intrinsic form of asthma is triggered by factors such as exercise, smoke, paint, cold air, perfumes, and medications. On the other hand, the extrinsic form is attributed to factors like certain foods, insect stings, roaches, dust, and pollen.

Number of Children Affected:
  • Presently, there are approximately 6.2 million children under the age of 18 living with asthma.

  • In 2017, 1 in 12 children was affected by asthma.

Important Information for Kids with Asthma and Their Support Systems


  • Sometimes the symptoms of asthma are obvious with a high-pitched whistling sound, alerting everyone that the person is having difficulty breathing. Other times it is silent, but the danger can still be very real. It is important for those with asthma to learn to identify the sensation of chest tightness and heavy pressure on the chest in order to be able to let someone know if there is a problem.

  • Asthma attacks can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors, including but not limited to: exercise, certain foods and medications, cold and the flu, pets, dust mites and roaches, trees, grasses, molds, weeds, smoke, paint and perfumes. It is important to be aware of these factors and how they may be affecting someone with asthma.

  • Going to the doctor regularly and getting proper medicines can prevent asthma attacks. It is important to do this and to provide necessary support and education to those who have asthma and to those who parent, educate and give care to them.


  • "Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lung airways that causes coughing, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath."

  • "8.3% of Americans have asthma. Of these 26.5 million, 20.4 million are adults and 6.1 million are children."

  • "Asthma prevalence is higher in children (9.4 percent) than in adults (7.7 percent), and higher in females (9.2 percent) than males (7.0 percent)."

  • "Patients with asthma reported 11 million visits to a doctor’s office and 1.7 million visits to hospital outpatient departments.1

  • "Asthma results in 439,000 hospitalizations and 1.3 million emergency room visits annually."

  • "Asthma is the most common chronic illness in childhood, accounting for 13.8 million missed school days each year. It also accounts for 14.2 million lost work days for adults."

  • "The estimated economic cost of asthma is $56 billion annually."

  • "More than 3,500 people die of asthma each year, nearly half of whom are age 65 or older. Recent statistics show that half of people with asthma have at least one asthma attack each year, with children (53 percent) more likely to have an attack than adults (44.9 percent)."

  • "Asthma symptoms can be triggered by exposure to an allergen (such as ragweedpollenanimal dander or dust mites), irritants in the air (such as smoke, chemical fumes or strong odors) or extreme weather conditions. Exercise or an illness – particularly a respiratory illness or the flu – can also make you more susceptible."

  • "Asthma is often hereditary."

  • "Weather conditions such as extremely dry, wet or windy weather can worsen an asthma condition."


Read More: "Asthma Facts"

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