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Latina Actress and Author Dayanara Torres Launches Online Asthma Education Resource for Hispanic Community in Partnership with Merck and AAFA
Date:7/21/2010

and Merck as part of the Asma En Espanol initiative shows that while most Hispanic American patients (72 percent) and caregivers (77 percent) surveyed felt confident that they know how to avoid indoor asthma triggers, many of them are not able to actually identify those triggers. For instance, less than four in ten patients (37 percent) and only one third of caregivers (31 percent) surveyed recognized that pet dander is a common asthma trigger. Nearly one in three patients (32 percent) and more than four in ten caregivers (44 percent) surveyed did not realize that cigarette or cigar smoke could be a problem for asthma patients.

"There are many myths about asthma out there, and I believed some of them before speaking with my children's doctor," said Dayanara Torres. "For example, there are just as many triggers indoors as there are outdoors. I've also learned that the indoor environment may expose people to more asthma triggers than anywhere else."

The Asma En Espanol asthma education web resource offers a free downloadable guide to learn more about triggers as well as tips to avoid or minimize them in your home. Being able to identify asthma triggers can help keep asthma symptoms under control. "Asthma should not prevent a patient from enjoying daily activities," reminded Dr. Jaime Alvarez.

The Asma En Espanol survey indicates that 42 percent of adult patients surveyed admitted to altering their lives due to fear of an asthma episode, while nearly four in ten caregivers surveyed said that asthma has kept their child from going to play dates (39 percent), exercising or playing sports (38 percent) or attending after-school activities (38 percent).  A majority of patients (86 percent) surveyed felt they have been unable to control their asthma, and many (47 percent) report that this is because they have bee
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