ASTHMA RATES AROUND THE WORLD
It’s no secret that Asthma is widespread in the world with over 334 million cases of the chronic disease, mostly occurring in children. What are differences in Asthma rates from country to country? Studies show that wealthier countries often suffer more and have a higher amount of cases per capita than lower income countries. However, cases in the lower income countries are overlooked because they cannot afford to treat the disease and the Asthma rates are not properly tracked.
The Cost to Breathe
The United States alone spends over $60 billion on treating Asthma. These costs are attributed to:
- Physician visits
- Medications (i.e. Inhalers, humidifiers)
- Sick days used due to Asthma
Europe reported $19.3 billion spent per year and the Asian-Pacific region summed up $184 per person in Vietnam and $1,189 in Hong Kong. These costs are collected and categorized as an economic burden, causing Asthma to be known as a public healthy priority. Due to lack of data from under developed countries, it is difficult to estimate the Asthma rates and what is spent on the disease per year in treatments, making it an uneven balance of cases reported to causes of death from the chronic disease.
Indoor Vs. Outdoor – Are Our Homes Giving Us Asthma?
The causes of asthma
around of the world differ dramatically. In the US and other developed countries, outdoor allergens are prevalent in the inflammation of the airways. Indoor causes span from dust mites or other bacterium formed. Cleaning with commercial cleaners can also be a factor due to the harmful chemicals found in them. In under developed countries, indoor allergens are said to be the cause of most asthma occurrences due to what they use to create energy. Coal and Biomass that are found in wood, feces, and other crop residues are burned inside, creating harmful air pollution.
Managing the Disease
Many efforts are being made to reduce costs of treatment and asthma rates around the world. One of the newest efforts is the patented technology of cleaning with probiotics from Airbiotics. With the addition of good bacteria in the air and a new way to ingest it, Asthma sufferers can breathe easier by having a way to fight off the allergens that cause the dangerous inflammations in their lungs.