Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that mainly affects your lungs. It causes recurring periods of breathlessness, coughing, and wheezing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. Asthma attacks can be mild, moderate, serious, and even life threatening.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
In 2010, approximately 25.9 million people, including 7.1 million children suffered from asthma in the US.
Asthma in Children
An average of one out of every 10 school-aged child suffers from asthma
Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism (absence from school)
Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 years. In 2009, there were approximately 774,000 children (under 15 years of age) who visited emergency rooms due to asthma
Second-hand smoke (tobacco smoke inhaled by non-smokers) increases the risk of an asthma attack among children. An estimated 400,000 to one million children suffer from an asthma attack on exposure to second-hand smoke.
If not managed properly, asthma can be a life-threatening disease.
In 2010, 3,404 people died from asthma and on an average 9 people die from asthma each day.