Lewes, DE, May 9th, 2011 -- Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that an additional 4.3 million people were diagnosed with asthma between 2001 and 2009. These new figures bring the total number of asthma suffers in the United States to approximately 1 in 12 or 25 million people.
'Despite the fact that outdoor air quality has improved, we've reduced two common asthma triggers - secondhand smoke and smoking in general -- asthma is increasing,' reported Paul Garbe, chief of the CDC's Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch.
Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. Removing any triggers in the environment can help asthma suffers. Since Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, the indoor air quality is crucial for preventing asthmatic attacks.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.
“Minimizing exposure to common indoor asthma triggers such as mold, tobacco smoke, dust mites, cockroaches and household pets can all help,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC (SEHC), one of the Mid-Atlantic’s leading IAQ professionals. “SEHC has been helping the public battle the increase in asthma across Delaware, Maryland and the surrounding states by identifying environmental triggers in homes, schools and offices,” she continued.
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services customers nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.