Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease and continues to be a serious public health problem nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 25.7 million people have asthma, with 7.1 million being children. Asthma is a breathing problem that makes it more difficult for a person to breathe. When you have asthma, your breathing tubes are sensitive and may tighten and become inflamed and swollen due to a variety of triggers. Smoke, pollen, dust, allergies, and air pollution are all examples of asthma triggers, which vary from person to person.
- Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood.
- Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.
- Approximately 14 percent of Illinoisans have asthma (IPHD).
- Asthma prevalence is higher among minorities and persons with family income below the poverty level.
- Air pollution is a known asthma trigger.
- Air pollution is more prevalent in urban environments because of higher concentrations of vehicles and industries.
- Advances in medical treatment and improved methods of controlling environmental triggers allows those with asthma to live healthy and active lives.
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