Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that can be affected by where one is living. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) annually assesses 100 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States to determine the most challenging places to live when dealing with asthma.  Some factors considered in their analysis include:  frequency of asthma-related hospital visits, accessibility to medical care, use of asthma medications, and air quality.  In general, cities with active school asthma programs, good access to health care, strong smoking bans, and below-average pollen counts all help make controlling asthma symptoms easier for asthma sufferers.  Cities that lack these things are much more apt to prove challenging for asthmatics.

P.S.   People with asthma cannot always control where they live.  When a choice of location can be made, check on the web at aafa.org to locate asthma-friendly areas

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