Asthma and The Harried Parent
Asthma is a difficult disease to manage. In mild cases, it can be triggered by environmental factors such as secondhand smoke and dust mites. More extreme cases can be triggered by something as subtle as a whiff of food, or even stress. Sinusitis and allergies are common triggers of asthma. It is little wonder, then, that the parents of children with asthma often spend a good amount of time caring for, and protecting, their children.
Recently a new study came out suggesting that parents with less time and fewer resources may struggle even more to contain this disorder. As the Toronto Sun recently summarized:
The study, performed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center showed that children in single-parent homes were 50% more likely to return to the hospital within 12 months for asthma or wheezing compared to children in dual-parent households.
It also revealed that single-parent status, annual household income less than $60,000 (US) and time constraints within the home were linked to this increased rate of readmission.
Asthma is hard enough to manage as a team effort backed by considerable financial resources; without either of these advantages, it can be an uphill battle. Sinusitis and allergies can exacerbate and/or trigger asthma symptoms in adults and children. No matter what your situation, it’s important to make time to visit a local ENT expert for a full workup if you want to stay one step ahead of these symptoms in the years to come.