16 Interesting Asthma Facts You Should Know
It is a common myth that a child will outgrow his asthma (despite what some Recovered Asthmatics might say as they light up a cigarette). In fact, 95 percent of children with persistent asthma still have symptoms into adulthood.
The life expectancy for mild asthmatics is the same as for those who do not have asthma, which is about 80 years. (This is great news. So take care of yourself and you can live long and prosper).
That comes to less than 1-2% of the population, yet still significant.
This includes both 1st or 2nd hand (one more reason not to smoke in front of your kids).
This is significant because rapid oxygen administration can prevent asthma-related deaths.
This year, more than 4,000 Americans will die from asthma attacks. (most of which could be prevented with proper care and a good Asthma Action Plan).
Most patients who reach the hospital with an intact central nervous system survive.
This is something asthmatics in denial tend to do.
This is why very close contact with your doctor is essential.
This means they were not taking their medicine as prescribed. Or they delayed seeking treatment, or they abused their rescue inhaler.
But, again, mostly due to improper care or delayed treatment.
Yet that's not an excuse to abuse it.
This is because the albuterol does not manage chronic inflammation in the airways, the cause of asthma (This is why you should always use your asthma meds as prescribed).
But the exact reason is unknown. Studies show boys are more likely to have a positive allergy tests, to show more bronchial hyperresponsiveness and to appear to have different patterns of airway function development.
In other words, the poorer you are, the more likely you are to die from your asthma (probably because the poor have less access to asthma wisdom, medicine and good care and they are more exposed to common asthma triggers such as pollution, dust, cockroaches and animal dander).
Socioeconomic status may be a factor, but recent studies show higher IgE serum levels and higher prevalence for bronchial responsivemenss in African Americans as compared with whites.