May is Asthma Awareness Month

May 13, 2014 / Kristy Huffman,RN

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Did you know most people average about 17,280 breaths in a day? We don’t have to think about breathing because it is controlled by our body’s autonomic nervous system. While for most of us breathing is an effortless body function, this is not always true to people with asthma. Over 25 million Americans live with asthma, including 7 million children. According to the American Lung Association, asthma is the 3rd leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and the leading cause of school absences. Asthma is a chronic, life-long disease affecting the lungs. It causes episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and chest tightness. Although there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage symptoms and successfully reduce asthma flare ups. Management includes taking medications as prescribed by your healthcare provider, knowing warning signs of an attack or episode, and avoiding triggers. Whether you have asthma or not, it’s important to spread awareness. People can control their asthma and live active, healthy lives! For more information on asthma, visit the links below:

Breathe Easy Video

MolinaHealthcare.com

Category: Physical Health