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Asthma Can't Be Cured, But Can Be Controlled

May 3, 2019

MONDAY at noon on "The Source" — More than 19 million adults in the U.S. and over 6 million children suffer from asthma-related symptoms, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.  

Asthma causes airways to narrow and swell, making it difficult to breathe. The asthmatic experience can range from being a minor nuisance to a debilitating problem that interferes with daily life and can lead to a life-threatening attack.

In 2015, Bexar County trumped the state average of child hospital visits for asthma and asthma-related symptoms. Air pollution, allergies, and access to medical care all affect the severity of breathing issues and ultimately treatment options for individuals afflicted with asthma.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) 2017 study shows that San Antonio ranks in the 100 most challenging large U.S. cities to live with asthma. That study also puts San Antonio at #2 nationally for pollen count and #7 for individuals with asthma who lack of insurance. AAFA will release a new study on May 7, 2019.

Who's most at risk for developing asthma? What are the signs and symptoms? How is it treated? 

What causes an asthma attack? What does an attack look like and what should you do if it happens to you or a loved one?

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show asthma diagnoses have been increasing since the early 1980s in all age, sex and racial groups. What role do environmental factors like air pollution play in exacerbating breathing difficulties?


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*Audio for this interview will be available by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6.