Recent Facts And Figures Relating To Asthma

asthmaAsthma is a widespread condition all over the world and is seen to be an increasing trend. A recently released report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has the following facts and figures relating to asthma –

  • Close to 25 million people in the united states; which is a little over 8 percent of the population, have asthma.
  • Of these, over 7 million asthma sufferers are children.
  • An estimated 3,395 deaths resulting from asthma were seen to have occurred in 2008.
  • Over 10 million school days and over 14 million work days are lost each year due to asthma.
  • Each year there are about 1.75 million trips made to the emergency room by asthma sufferers, and as many as 456,000 individuals needed hospitalization due to their condition.
  • 52% of asthmatics, or 4.2% of the population report having had at least one attack in 2009.

Another study has indicated that a certain type of mold can grow inside the lungs – Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus). This mold growing in lungs could be responsible for asthma among those who are allergic to mold, since it can cause severe damage to the lungs.

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  1. KN Smith says:

    The worst thing is that many, if not most, of these cases are the result of excess pollution or poor living conditions. The types of toxins that can lead to asthma are pretty gruesome.

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