Asthma in adolescents living in the inner city

Jacqueline Ann Pongracic*

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Asthma disproportionately affects minority individuals living in poor urban areas, particularly children and adolescents aged 5-17 years. A variety of factors are likely to account for asthma disparities in inner-city populations. Housing characteristics increase the risk of exposure to potential asthma triggers. Environmental risk factors have been studied extensively and cockroach allergen has emerged as an important determinant of asthma morbidity. Neighborhood factors also appear to contribute to the problem of inner-city asthma. Various novel treatment intervention strategies have demonstrated encouraging results. This article reviews environmental factors and recently published strategies to reduce morbidity in this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
JournalAdolescent medicine: state of the art reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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