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May062015

Women with Acute Asthma Require More Hospitalizations than Men

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Although it's highly disputable that women are the weaker sex, they may be in one regard, that is, when it comes to being diagnosed with acute asthma in the emergency room.

In that case, according to Rose Chasm, MD from the University of Maryland Medical System, women are 60 percent more likely than men to require hospitalization for their condition.

Chasm and other researchers in their study found that women with acute asthma are at a disadvantage because of factors related to airflow obstruction, female sex hormones and differences in bronchial hyper responsiveness.

Even when women share numerous similarities with men such as being smokers, being overweight, not using inhalers and not having seen an allergist for their asthma, the ladies were more likely to need further treatment.

What may not be well known is that after puberty, asthma is more common in women than it is in men.

In any event, physicians recommend that patients with asthma consult an allergist who will be able to help them control their condition, leading to fewer ER visits and fewer hospitalizations.


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