May is Asthma awareness month
I am pretty sure you know someone that suffers from asthma, either a family member of a friend. Asthma is a very common disease. Asthma is a disease that affects the airways that carry air to and from the lungs. People who suffer from this chronic condition are said to be asthmatic.
People with asthma have airways that are irritated and can be sensitive to asthma triggers that can make their symptoms get worse. Symptoms of the narrowing of the airways include wheezing (a hissing sound during breathing), breathing problems, and coughing. Asthma triggers can even cause an asthma attack. An asthma episode, or an asthma attack, is when symptoms are worse than usual.
If you suffer from asthma you should see your doctor. Your doctor can help you find out what triggers your asthma symptoms and how to avoid them. They can also prescribe medications which will help you manage your asthma.
With time you will learn to keep away from things that irritate your airways (triggers) and know when to take your medication. Effective asthma control allows you to take part in normal everyday activities such as playing outside and exercising.
Asthma awareness month is to raise awareness that asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic disease that can be controlled. Everybody needs to be aware of the resources available us, Latinos, because asthma seems to be very common among Latinos.
In 2010, about 3,600,000 Hispanics reported that they currently have asthma.
Hispanics are 30 percent more likely to visit the hospital for asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
You can read more in the report: Luchando por el Aire: the burden of asthma on Hispanics
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