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This publication discusses asthma triggers sometimes found in the home and possible solutions. It is intended to help manage and reduce possible indoor triggers. Medical professionals should be consulted first and their recommendations followed.

Asthma, a serious lung disease, is the leading cause of long-term illness in children. Asthma affects 112,100 Nebraskans, of whom 75,000 are adults, and 37,100 are youth (1998), and is on the rise. While the U.S. death rate has decreased since 1993, Nebraska's rate has increased to second highest in the nation. The highest death rate is among blacks, females and those 65 years of age and older. The health consequences of asthma per year in the U.S. include over 5,000 deaths, 479,000 hospitalizations, 100 million days of restricted activity and $11 billion in costs.

Not all asthma triggers are listed here. Consult a health professional for more information about asthma, potential triggers, and how to manage specific problems. The following information is not a substitute for professional medical help and your doctor's recommendations.