About 1 in 10 preschool children are diagnosed with asthma. This age group has twice the number of asthma-related emergency department visits and overnight hospital stays as older kids.  As millions of students head back to school this week, it seems like an appropriate time to highlight asthma, the leading cause of school absenteeism due to a chronic illness.  According to the Environmental Protection Association (EPA), asthma is responsible for approximately 13 million missed school days annually.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that occurs when the airways react to a variety of stimuli, and it can be life-threatening when not properly managed. Approximately 18 million adults and 7 million children live with asthma.  Annually, approximately 3,000 people die from asthma-related issues. Asthma triggers include: respiratory infections and colds; cigarette smoke; allergic reactions to pollen, mold, animal dander, feathers, dust, food and cockroaches; indoor and outdoor air pollutants; exercise; excitement and stress.

Despite increased awareness, the percentage of individuals suffering from asthma in the United States grew by 15% over the past decade.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma.  But asthma can be controlled.  Asthma management includes being aware of the warning signs of an asthma attack, avoiding things that may trigger an asthma attack, and following the advice of your doctor or healthcare provider.

By focusing on indoor air quality, parents of children with asthma can remove many of the common indoor environmental factors that trigger asthma.  Scientific, peer-reviewed studies of ActivePure technology show a reduction of up to 99% of harmful indoor pollutants, including contaminants on surfaces, like kitchen sinks, keyboards and doorknobs. Dust, allergens, mildew and odor-causing bacteria are proven to be significantly reduced from the indoor environment with Air Scrubber Plus.