Asthma is a chronic (or lifelong) disease that can be serious—even life-threatening. There is no cure for asthma. The good news is that with proper management, you or your loved one with asthma can live a normal, healthy life.
More than 25 million Americans have asthma, including 5.5 million children. It causes millions of lost school and workdays every year and billions in healthcare costs. Learn more about asthma trends and disease burden in our Asthma Trends Brief.
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Page last updated: November 27, 2023