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South Dakotans Can "Breathe Easier" on World Asthma Day

May 6, 2008

Sioux Falls, SD – There is no cure for asthma, the chronic breathing condition that affects more than 18,000 kids and 45,000 adults in South Dakota, according to the American Lung Association. However, today's observance of "World Asthma Day" is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the ailment, and to emphasize that people with asthma can live full, active lives.

Avera McKennan Hospital Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator Jean Snyders sees it as a chance to remind asthmatics that their disease can be controlled -- but not without some expert assistance.

"One thing I hear is that people might quit taking their medications because of the costs, or they don't think it's helping them. I always ask them if they've discussed it with their physician, and I would say the majority of the time, they're not talking to their physician about it. If they can get a close working relationship with their physician or any other healthcare provider, then they're going to have better control of it."

Snyders points to the major medical advances being made to help people manage asthma.

"Years ago, we did the quick-release medications; those last for about four hours and then wear off again. But now, 'controller' medications can be taken once or twice a day. Every person needs to figure out what makes their asthma worse. Once they know that, then they can control that a little bit better."

The American Lung Association lists asthma as the most common, and also the most serious, chronic disease of childhood. It accounts for one-third of all pediatric emergency room visits, and is among the leading causes of school absenteeism. For more information about asthma and asthma management, see the ALA's Web site, at

David Law/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - SD