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Every Month is Asthma Awareness Month!

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While May is the designated month for asthma awareness, at Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we care for individuals with asthma every day, all year long!

Check your knowledge of asthma with these factoids.  Did you know?

In Montana, asthma: 

  • affects 9.1% of adults and 6.9% of children.
  • in not controlled in 50% adults and 33% of children based on national asthma guidelines (even when the patient feels they are controlled).
  • Smoke from wildfires and wood burning stoves can leave small particles in the air that aggravate asthma.
  • ER visits are more common for children in the months of April, May and September.  For adults, there is no such trend.
  • ER visits are especially high for young boys.
  • one ER visit averages over $900.  If you needed to go to the ER, this indicates asthma severity and poor control. (Make an appointment with an asthma specialist if you have needed to go the the ER)
  • one hospitalization averages $9300 in 2011 (and averages 3 days)–days you could have been hiking, skiing or fishing.
  • can be controlled–if you have asthma and live in Southwest Montana, see Dr. Michael Zacharisen at Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana in Bozeman; just call 406-451-7017 for an appointment.

In the U.S., asthma:

  • affects over 22 million people.
  • affects 1 in 12 children!
  • is more common in boys than girls, but more common in women than men.
  • is becoming more prevalent, increasing from 3% of the population (30 years ago) to 7% now
  • is more common in blacks and Latinos (especially from Puerto Rico) than whites.
  • is more common in individuals living in low socioeconomic and poverty conditions
  • leads to decrease in exercise in 60% of those people with asthma
  • kills nearly 2000 people each year
  • can worsen, improve or stay the same during pregnancy
  • in children is frequently associated with allergies (that’s why allergists take great care of asthma!)
  • is expensive, costing $56 billion each year

This Montana information can be found at:  Montana Asthma Control Program

At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we take asthma seriously every day. Let us take care of you!

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. 
  1. Kevin GatesKevin Gates07-30-2015

    Appreciable! The demography that is more vulnerable to asthmatic triggers would ever need to be careful about educating communal networks. This ensures healthier, disease-free people!

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