Every Month is Asthma Awareness Month!
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!