Approximately one in 12 (25 million) people in the U.S. have asthma, and this number is predicted to increase annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Though inhalers and investing in air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help keep asthma symptoms at bay, treating patients for allergies as well might be an important step.
This is because a new study published in the April edition of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology shows that people with asthma also tend to have allergies. Researchers came to this conclusion after reviewing results of a National Health and Nutrition Survey completed by more than 2,500 adults.
From the data, scientists from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found that a shocking 75 percent of asthma patients between the ages of 20 and 40, and 65 percent of participants with asthma aged 55 or older, were all also inflicted with at least one type of allergy. Researchers have yet to figure out what or if there is a link between asthma and allergies, though they're looking into the various issues that could be to blame.
"It could be one of many creating this perfect storm for allergies," said Dr. Richard Weber, president of the ACAAI. "Other factors, such as the hygiene hypothesis, climate change and an increase in awareness and education can also be reasons for this growth."