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World Asthma Day is May 3rd

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Asthma affects more than 26 million people in the United States, including one in 10 school-aged children. Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. It is also the top reason for missed school days, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes inflamed airways which make it difficult to breathe. This disease causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. There is no cure for asthma but you can still live an active life with asthma if you manage it well,” says Dr. Judith Anderson, pediatrician, CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates-Chickamauga.  “People with asthma can continue to do most of things they enjoy if they follow their treatment plan and guidance from their doctor.”

These dangerous and sometimes life-threatening episodes reduce the quality of life for people with asthma.  “Asthma is one of the top reasons children are admitted to the hospital,” says Dr. Anderson.  “Those with asthma must do their best to prevent attacks by avoiding triggers like tobacco smoke, mold, outdoor air pollution, and colds and flu.”  Episodes can also be prevented by using inhaled corticosteroids and other prescribed daily long-term control medicines correctly.

Studies show less than half of people with asthma report being taught how to avoid triggers. Almost half of adults who were taught how to avoid triggers did not follow most of this advice

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