Over the years, the knowledge surrounding asthma has made the condition more treatable and there is seldom any stigma surrounding it.
Those that suffer from this respiratory condition that causes tightening of the airways usually find it difficult partaking in many strenuous activities or sports without medication, and also tend to be prone to allergens such as dust, pollen or fur.
Asthmatic People Worldwide
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 300 million people around the world suffer from asthma with another report stating that the condition is the most common chronic condition in children. Around 14% of all children in the world have asthmatic symptoms and around 8.5% of adults suffer from the condition.
Little is known about asthma in terms of its root cause(s) – neither is there a sure-fire cure – but it can be agreed that there are various genetic and environmental factors that contribute to its development. It is often under-diagnosed and under-treated, with thousands unaware they have the condition. So it can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life and wellbeing.
Asthma In US
Almost 8% of the U.S population have asthma with costs for treatment around $60 billion every year. Furthermore, asthma related deaths have also been reported to be around the 4,000 mark. Within the last 10 years, there has also been a rise with 3.5% in the amount of children suffering from this respiratory condition (from 1 in 11 to around 1 in 8 children).
With asthma on the rise, researchers have estimated that the number of those with the condition will probably grow to another 100 million by 2025.
The statistics don’t stop there! As mentioned, around a whopping 70% of those with this respiratory condition are likely to have other allergies. Studies also show that men are more likely to suffer from asthma that women, with the highest prevalence of asthma sufferers said to be from Australia, Western and Northern Europe, and Brazil.
This condition is not selective of certain location or social status, although those of low-middle income families are more likely to suffer from severe symptoms or even asthma related death.
It is already recommended that governments of low to middle income countries should aim to disperse more knowledge on this topic and regard the condition as a higher health priority.
By investing more into research and integrating more care into the local communities, the people of such countries can develop standard practices in the hope of managing the condition more efficiently.
We discovered this nifty infographic detailing a few stats about this awful respiratory condition in the UK. Check it out!