Asthma was first recognized and named by Hippocrates, circa 450 BC.
In the mid 20th century, some psychologists viewed wheezing as “the suppressed cry of the child for its mother,” and they treated asthma with talk therapy.
About 70 percent of asthmatics also have allergies.
Asthma accounts for about 10.1 million missed work days for adults annually.
Fifty percent of homes have at least six detectable allergens present.
About 40,000 people have sinus surgery every year in an effort to relieve their chronic congestion.
The life expectancy for mild asthmatics is the same as for those who do not have asthma, which is about 80 years.
Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies.
One ragweed plant can produce one billion grains of pollen.