Inhale. Exhale. We do it every day, but some days it’s harder if you have asthma. Both kids and adults can go through repeated bouts of wheezing, trouble breathing, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but will only have attacks when something bothers your lungs. Certain things can trigger an asthma attack like smoke from cigarettes, smog and air pollution, mold, dust mites, and even cockroaches! Anyone with asthma has it their entire life. Outgrowing asthma is a myth.
- In all cases there is no cure.
- If someone in your immediate family has asthma, you are also more likely to have it.
- In the U.S., an estimated 24.7 million people have asthma.
- Child prevalence is 7.5% while adult prevalence is 7.7%.
- All people with asthma should have a written asthma action plan.
- Know the warning signs of an asthma attack.
- Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them.
- Take your medicine exactly as your medical professional tells you to do.