New Orleans, La - Studies show an estimated 26-million people in the U.S suffer from asthma. A more recent study says nearly two-thirds or more of all those people who suffer from asthma also have an allergy which can make this spring season tougher for them.
The study is in the April issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). It found that 75 percent of asthmatic adults aged 20 to 40-years-old, and 65 percent of asthmatic adults aged 55 years and older, have at least one allergy.
A total of 2,573 adults were studied in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). A panel of 19 allergens was used to detect allergy among asthmatics.
It found that while asthma is often associated with children, it is not uncommon among adults 60 years and older, affecting three to seven percent. This number is likely higher because asthma is often under-diagnosed in older adults.
Researchers say asthma and allergies can strike at any age and should be taken seriously. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy or asthma you are urged to seek a certified allergist who specializes in diagnosing and treating both conditions.
You can read more on the asthma-allergy connection in the April issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
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