Asthma is a chronic lung disease with recurring symptoms. Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.
- 1 in 11 children, and 1 in 12 adults have asthma (CDC) [PDF - 531 kB].
- Asthma costs the United States $56 billion each year (CDC) [PDF - 531 kB].
- There's no cure for asthma. People with asthma can manage their disease with medical care and prevent attacks by avoiding triggers (CDC) [PDF - 531 kB].
Task Force Recommendations and Findings
This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.
|Home-Based Multi-Trigger, Multicomponent Environmental Interventions|
|For Children and Adolescents with Asthma||Recommended
|For Adults with Asthma||Insufficient Evidence
The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.
The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Asthma control. www.thecommunityguide.org/asthma/index.html. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.