Allergies affect more than 100 million people in the U.S.
Common allergy symptoms – such as watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, a rash, or hives – can make you uncomfortable. Other more serious symptoms, like trouble breathing and swelling in your mouth or throat, may be a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
An asthma episode can last for minutes, hours, or days
An asthma episode, also called an asthma flare or asthma attack, can happen at any time. Symptoms may last a few minutes or go on for hours or days.
Gender differences in asthma
Male children are more likely than female children to have asthma. This changes in adulthood and more females have asthma as adults.
What happens in your lungs during an asthma attack
Asthma causes the airways to narrow and get clogged. Asthma medicines treat the swelling and squeezing of the airways.
Ozone can trigger asthma
Pollution + heat + sunlight = ozone (the main ingredient in smog). Ozone at the ground level is a harmful air pollutant. It irritates the lungs and airways and triggers asthma.
Small particles in the air can make asthma worse
Pollution and irritants like smoke, haze, and dust worsen air quality and trigger asthma.
There is no cure for asthma but it can be controlled
There is no cure for asthma. Most cases of asthma can be controlled by taking medicine properly and managing asthma triggers.
Asthma is the top reason for missed school days
One in 15 children in the U.S. has asthma. If they can’t breathe, they can’t learn. Visit AAFA’s School Zone for resources to help manage asthma at school: aafa.org/school
Causes of asthma disparities
Asthma is greatly influenced by living conditions. People who live in poverty and people who are Black, Hispanic (especially Puerto Rican), or American Indian/Alaska Native have higher asthma rates.
Common drug allergies
Only 5-10% of adverse reactions to medicines are allergic reactions. If you think you may be allergic to a medicine, tell your doctor. They may recommend seeing an allergist.
Dust mites are common year-round rriggers
Dust mites are tiny creatures found in most homes (especially bedrooms). They can trigger asthma, allergies, and eczema.
Allergies are the most common asthma rrigger
Up to 60% of adults and 80% of kids with asthma have allergies that trigger their asthma.
Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospital stays in children
Asthma can lead to medical emergencies for the 4.8 million children with asthma in the United States. Having an Asthma Action Plan can help.
Asthma Symptoms in Children from Secondhand Smoke
Children are at high risk of asthma episodes and illness from exposure to tobacco smoke.
Asthma causes airway swelling
Asthma is a chronic disease that makes it hard to breathe. The swelling in the airways needs to be managed.
Untreated Asthma Can Cause Lung Damage
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to swell, making it hard to breathe. Asthma is different for everyone, so you and your doctor need to make an asthma treatment plan.