Eco Minute May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

An estimated 26 million people, including approximately 7 million children, have asthma and almost 13 million people report having an asthma attack in the past year. This is the EM and I’m ES.  Asthma accounts for over 15 million physician office and hospital visits, and nearly 2 million emergency department visits each year. 

Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor allergens and irritants play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks. Triggers are things that can cause asthma symptoms, an episode or attack or make asthma worse. Some triggers are secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, insects and other pests, pets, wood smoke and other pollutants. 

If you have asthma, you may react to just one trigger or you may find that several things act as triggers.  The EPA's Asthma Initiative supports local programs working to help people in their communities bring asthma under control. For more information go to or