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BREATHE BETTER No Matter Where You Live    Print Page

Asthma Can be Controlled Everywhere, Everyday asthma capitals 2015

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the large and small airways of the lungs causing wheezing, coughing and other symptoms that make it difficult to breathe. But with proper diagnosis, treatment and care, people with asthma can successfully manage their asthma to prevent and control symptoms, lessen the severity of attacks, improve lung function and breathe better no matter where they live.

AAFA’s new list of the 2015 Asthma Capitals ranks the 100 most challenging cities to live in the United States with asthma. The report looks at 13 critical factors relating to asthma prevalence, environmental conditions and healthcare utilization.

Memphis,TN, Named the New 2015 Asthma Capital™

Several significant factors contributed to Memphis' #1 spot this year such as poor air quality, inadequate public smoking bans, high reliance on asthma medications and many emergency room visits for asthma. "The good news about asthma today is that it can be controlled in patients regardless of where they live," says Mike Tringale, AAFA Senior Vice President of External Affairs, "and having a serious conversation with your doctor is the first step." Click here to view the full list of 100 Asthma Capitals and the ranking methodology.

Raising Awareness on World Asthma Day and Everyday

AAFA’s Asthma Capitals report serves as a checklist for cities to identify the political, environmental and healthcare implications of asthma. The Foundation is pleased that this "blueprint" has made both a national and local impact. From inquiries about what can be done to improve the outcomes of asthma in some areas, to the development of new technologies to reduce the burden of asthma in others, the Asthma Capitals is paving the way to protect the quality of life for asthma patients, and improve the economic effects it has on the nation as a whole.

There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be managed with proper prevention and treatment. Visit with your doctor to discuss the best treatment method for you.

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To speak with a member of AAFA's External Affairs staff about the research and rankings, call toll-free 1-800-7-ASTHMA or write to talisa@aafa.org.  
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The Asthma Capitals report is an independent research project of AAFA sponsored this year by Teva Respiratory and QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol. QVAR® is an inhaled corticosteroid used in the ongoing treatment of asthma as preventative therapy. It works by helping to reduce airway inflammation. QVAR® has small particles of asthma medicine that are designed to reach the large and small airways, where asthma inflammation exists.

Important Safety Information

  • QVAR does not replace quick-relief inhalers for sudden symptoms.
  • Do not use QVAR if you are allergic to beclomethasone dipropionate or any of the ingredients in QVAR.
  • Do not use QVAR more often than it is prescribed. Do not stop taking QVAR abruptly without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • QVAR may cause serious side effects, including:
    • Fungal infections (thrush). Tell your healthcare provider if you have any redness or white-colored patches in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth after using QVAR to help prevent an infection in your mouth or throat
    • Worsening asthma or sudden asthma attacks. After using your rescue inhaler, contact your healthcare provider right away if you do not get relief from your sudden asthma attacks
    • Decreased adrenal function. This potentially life-threatening condition can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroid medicines and start using QVAR. Tell your healthcare provider right away about any symptoms such as: tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and dizziness or faintness
    • Immune system effects or infection. Tell your healthcare provider about any signs or symptoms, such as: fever, pain, body aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, or vomiting
    • Increased wheezing right after QVAR use. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing
    • Serious allergic reactions. Stop using QVAR and call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you get any of the following: hives; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; rash; or breathing problems
    • Slowed growth in children. Children should have their growth checked regularly while using QVAR
    • Lower bone density. This may be a problem for people who already have a higher chance for this conditio
    • Eye problems. If you have had glaucoma or cataracts in the past, you should have regular eye exams while using QVAR
  • The most common side effects of QVAR include: headache, throat irritation, and sinus irritation.

Please see full Prescribing Information www.qvar.com/PI 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


Special thanks to our research partner Pollen.com a division of IMS Health.


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