Did you know that, according to the CDC, 1 in 12 people suffer from asthma? This number is quickly rising every year and it seems that everyone knows a few people who suffer from this condition. You may think that you know all there is to know about asthma but there are 3 interesting facts that might just surprise you:

Asthma & Allergies Are Friends

If you have someone in your home that suffers from asthma you are probably well aware that they also are more susceptible to allergies. But do you know why? Common household allergens like pets, mold, pollen, and dust mites can irritate the airway and cause it to constrict. Usually asthma sufferers are prescribed both asthma and allergy medicine by an allergy doctor at the same time in order to prevent an asthma attack from happening.

Adults Get Asthma Too

It is a common myth that asthma is just a childhood issue. Most asthma sufferers will develop symptoms before the age of 5 but there are many adults who find themselves struggling to breathe well beyond their childhood years. Adult-onset asthma is usually brought on by exposure to an allergen that causes an allergic reaction. Asthma in adults can also be caused by genetics, hormones, or even your work or even living environments.

Exercise Only Asthma

Many patients who suffer from asthma only experience symptoms during exercise. Allergy doctors call this kind of asthma Exercised-Induced Asthma which responds to the tightening of the airways in the body. Exercise-Induced Asthma happens more often in colder weather when the air is cooler and drier than the air in your body. Exercise-Induced Asthma is a very treatable condition and can be easily managed with an inhaler. There is no reason why someone should avoid exercise just because they have this kind of asthma.

Patients who suffer from asthma can continue to go on leading very normal lives. Asthma is a very treatable condition but patients should see a doctor immediately when symptoms occur. Contact your nearest National Allergy and ENT location for an appointment with an allergy doctor today.