Milwaukee is one of the worst asthma cities in the U.S.
Milwaukee is plagued by asthma more than almost every other city in the U.S. and currently is in the midst of an asthma crisis. As recently as 2009, Milwaukee ranked second in the prevalence of asthma, and has been in the top 5 cities for almost a decade. Statistics for asthma in America are so high that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has labeled it an epidemic.
Do I have asthma?
To determine if you or your child may have asthma, you first need to do a self-assessment.
1) Are you experiencing any of the four classic symptoms: coughing, chest tightness or discomfort, wheezing or shortness of breath?
2) Do the symptoms occur during routine activities such as walking long distances, carrying groceries, doing laundry or going up and down stairs? Does your child have any of these symptoms while playing that limits their ability to be active?
3) Are these symptoms worse at night? Do they ever cause sleep disruption?
4) Do certain environments create these symptoms such as being around pets, strong odors, cut grass, pollen and ragweed, dust or tobacco smoke?
5) Are any of the symptoms triggered by anxiety, stress or strong emotional expression such as laughing, crying, yelling or anger?
6) Do you have runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, stuffy nose or scratchy throat that is worse in Spring and Fall but last all year round?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then the final question you need to ask is:
7) Do any family members have asthma, allergies, bronchitis or any other lung disorders. They may not have been formally diagnosed but, if they’re using an inhaler, that’s your first clue.
You should not have to make frequent visits to the doctor, Urgent Care, Emergency Room or be admitted often into the hospital, these are all signs of poorly controlled asthma. What you may not know is that every one of those visits increases the risk of not surviving this condition. Studies have shown a direct relationship between the number of ER visits and hospitalizations and those who die from asthma, in other words, the greater the number of visits, the greater the risk of you not surviving.
These are the things you should expect from good asthma care:
Have no symptoms or minor symptoms of asthma.
Be able to take part in daily activities-including exercise or
Have normal or near normal lung function.
Have few or no side effects from asthma medications.
Have no time off from school or work due to asthma.
Have no emergency room visits or hospital stays.
Sleep through the night without asthma symptoms.
Have a partnership with your health care provider on meeting your goals for good asthma care.
These are all the things that Pulmedix will be able to help you with. Call us at 414-393-4002 for more information. Located at 6815 W. Capitol Dr.