May is Asthma Awareness Month, a good reminder that the disease is a growing health issue in the U.S.  According to the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), cases of asthma have grown steadily among all age groups and genders since the early 1980s. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that in 2009, one in 12, or 8% of Americans, had asthma.

Today, asthma is the most common—and most expensive—disease in the nation. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that every day in the U.S., because of asthma 44,000 people have an asthma attack, 36,000 children miss school, 27,000 adults can’t go to work, 4,700 people end up in the emergency room, 1,200 are admitted to the hospital, and nine die.

When an attack comes on, immediate treatment is essential. Symptoms include heavy wheezing, and sufferers may feel anxious or panicked. Asthma attacks also cause breathing difficulties, uncontrollable coughing, and many other reactions.

For the roughly 25 million affected, keeping asthma attacks at bay is an everyday consideration. This means avoiding triggers, and there is a staggering list of possibilities. Mold is a common culprit as it can grow wherever there is moisture, so finding and alleviating mold in your home is essential to control asthma and avoid attacks. Allergens, air pollution, cold air, the common cold or a flu virus, smoke, sinusitis, and even fragrances can also set off allergies.

Although we don’t have much control over many of the asthma triggers on a day-to-day basis, mold can be alleviated and prevented. Call Certified Restoration any time if you have questions about mold or need assistance getting rid of it. We’re here to help.

-George Fahouris

George’s expertise in marketing, management and building high powered teams has guided Certified Restoration’s accelerated business growth and commitment to customer service. Involved in day to day operations, George focuses especially on Internet marketing and social media.