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December 16, 2013

About 640,000 adults in New Jersey suffer from asthma, 64 percent of which is uncontrolled. (Some 47 percent is considered poorly controlled and 17 percent very poorly controlled.)

Uncontrolled asthma is considered a serious and chronic disease that results in a higher prevalence of other respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, depression, and work-related asthma. The respiratory ailment can’t be cured but it can be controlled.

Uncontrolled asthma is reported more often among those who are 35 years and older, Latino, have lower education levels, and lower household incomes. Sufferers were more likely to lose work days, experience more emergency department visits, and undergo more hospitalizations. They also have more trouble sleeping.

Asthma symptoms are triggered by smoke, allergies, illness, acid reflux, exercise, medications, air pollution, weather conditions, and strong emotions. Allergens from dust, dust mites, cockroaches, rodents, pets, mold, pollen, and grass are significant factors.

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