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New Survey Finds Troubling Data on American Asthma Sufferers

dition that non-sufferers may not even be able to fathom. It's an overwhelming, isolating disease that requires heavy patient involvement and medication management," said NCL President Linda Golodner. "It is our hope that our new consumer materials will help asthma sufferers live well with their asthma."

    Major Findings


    Asthmatics: A Vulnerable Population


    -- Exposure to triggers. About a third of adult (29 percent) and parents

       of child sufferers (35 percent) report living in a household with at

       least one smoker.


    -- Lack of guidance. Nearly two-in-ten (17 percent) parents of child

       sufferers and one-in-ten (10 percent) adult sufferers who have a

       medical professional currently managing their asthma, do not have an

       asthma treatment plan.


       * More than two-in-ten adult sufferers (22 percent) have not received

         any information at all about lifestyle changes they can make to

         improve their asthma condition.


    -- General Health. 62 percent of adults with severe asthma report being in

       fair or poor health.

Severity of Symptoms: Perceptions vs. Reality

There seems to be a disconnect between how adult or parents of child asthma sufferers describe the severity of their or their child's asthma and the frequency or severity of symptoms asked of respondents:

    -- While 88 percent of adult asthma sufferers indicate their asthma is

       moderate or mild, at least one-quarter of adult sufferers report

       experiencing shortness of breath (29 percent), coughing (28 percent),

       and difficulty falling or staying asleep (28 percent) on a weekly

       basis. Additionally, 31 percent of adults report having a flare up

       within the last week.


    -- Similarly, 90 percent of parents report their child's asthma as mild or

       moderate, but nearly 20 percent report their child has very severe or

       extremely severe coughing (20
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