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The Effects of Asthma on African Americans

Omari Steed

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September 23, 2013
Frances Keeler

The Effects of Asthma on African Americans

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects all populations without racial, ethnic, or gendered prejudices. Although many communities endure the suffering associated with this life-threatening disease, studies have shown amplified numbers among African Americans. Of the 25 million Americans who have asthma, in 2010, more than four million were reported to be African American (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute [PCORI], 2013). Not only are they more susceptible to developing it, but African Americans are also at higher risk of asthma related deaths as well (Silvers & Lang, 2012). There is no doubt that the disparities presented are a stark reminder that we, as a nation must convey the severity of asthma and its threat on African Americans.
What is Asthma? Asthma is a common disease that affects the lungs, and lives, of 25 million Americans (PCORI, 2013). The disease itself will narrow and inflame the airway passages, making it difficult to breathe. People plagued by asthma experience many symptoms some of which include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightening (US Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], 2013). The symptoms can range from mild to severe and even life threatening. Asthma is a lifelong battle. There is no cure for the disease; however, asthmatics learn to manage and treat their disease. Through active and healthy lifestyles, asthmatics can live very normal lives.
Causes
While research has not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of asthma, it is evident there are factors that can trigger symptoms. Asthma can be triggered by many factors; environmental, genetics, allergies, etc. The triggers of one’s asthma are unique and specific to their…...

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