Asthma

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Asthma is the most common chronic medical condition in children. This is not a disease to be taken lightly. It can be fatal. Dr. Edward Hill discusses asthma in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

More than 34 million Americans are diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lifetimes. Asthma is responsible for two million emergency room visits per year and kills an estimated 5,000 people annually. It is the most common serious chronic medical condition of children and the number one cause of hospital admissions of children under 15.

Asthma is not something that children outgrow. Childhood asthma persists into adulthood for 72 percent of men and 85 percent of women.

We think of asthma as an episodic disease, but the underlying cause is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes. An asthma attack develops when certain asthma triggers are present.

Triggers for an acute asthma attack include:

- colds or respiratory infections,

- exposure to second hand smoke,

- allergic reactions to substances such as pollen, food, animal dander or dust

- air pollution, either indoors or outdoors

- exercise

- sudden cold air exposure, and

- excitement or stress

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.