Do you have asthma?

astWhether you have asthma or any of the people dear to you have it, it’s extremely important to know how many remaining doses you have left in your rescue inhaler. It would sound like a really obvious thing to most of us, but a recent survey conducted by The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Teva Respiratory shows that out of 590 surveyed people with asthma half had experienced a situation, at one time or another, when they needed their rescue inhaler, yet it was empty.

Half – that’s a lot, I’d say. The survey also revealed that one in five people had to go without a treatment during their asthma attack and one in ten went to the emergency room.

Considering there’s roughly about 25 million Americans living with asthma in the United States alone, that’s a lot of emergency room visits because of not counting your doses.

AAFA with Teva recently launched a campaign “Know Your Count” to raise awareness of the seriousness of asthma. Joining as a spokesperson is actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth.

“I have struggled with asthma for more than a decade and am excited to be part of the Know Your Count campaignî said Kristin. As a singer and actress, my schedule can be quite hectic at times and I simply canít afford to let my asthma symptoms slow me down. To ensure Iím prepared in the event of an asthma attack, I count on my rescue inhaler with a dose counter to help me keep track of my remaining doses. It is my hope that by sharing my personal experience, I can encourage patients to know their count when it comes to asthma management.

For more information about the campaign visit www.KnowYourCount.com.


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