A new state effort aims to remind Wisconsinites suffering from asthma that they can control the disease.
Cases of the chronic breathing disease continue to climb, affecting nearly 13-percent of Wisconsinites. However, Dr. Henry Anderson with the state Division of Public Health says cases requiring hospitalization have been on the decline. Anderson says that's largely due to more people seeking existence for their symptoms early on, which helps doctors better control the situation.
Today is World Asthma Day, with a focus on reminding people that they can control the disease. Anderson says it's especially important to teach children to spot what triggers an attack, so they can try to avoid them. Parents should also make sure teachers, coaches, and day care providers also know about a child's asthma.
Anderson says asthma sufferers should also be wary of potential Clean Air Action days this coming summer. Individuals with breathing conditions are urged to stay inside or limit strenuous outdoor activities on those days.
Nationally, about six million people have asthma.