Maine Asthma Prevention and Control Program - Asthma Information - Basic Asthma Facts

  • Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways
  • Children lose over 14 million school days each year due to asthma
  • Adults lose almost 15 million work days each year due to asthma
  • Adult women have higher asthma rates than adult men
  • Adolescent boys have higher asthma rates than adolescent girls
  • There are over 4,000 deaths due to asthma each year
  • There are almost 2 million emergency room visits for asthma each year
  • There are close to 500,000 hospitalizations due to asthma each year
  • Asthma is estimated to cost 16.1 billions dollars annually
  • Following a written asthma plan leads to better asthma management
  • Having asthma in NOT the same as having allergies
  • There is no cure for asthma
  • Asthma can be managed and people with asthma can live happy productive lives