It is estimated that the frequency of asthma in Western Europe has doubled in the last 10 years.
In the UK, it is estimated that 3.4 million people (one in every seven children aged 2–15 years and one in every 25 adults) have asthma symptoms requiring treatment.
In Germany, the number of asthmatics is estimated to be 4 million.
In Switzerland, the frequency of asthma 25 years ago was 2%, but has now risen to 8%.
The UK currently has the highest frequency of self-reported asthma symptoms among children aged 13–14 years. In this country, asthma has been shown to affect 12% of males and 10% of females.
Caring for asthma
In both France and the UK, the number of prescriptions for asthma has increased six-fold since 1980. The total annual costs of asthma care in Europe amount to approximately €17.7 billion. How does the cost of asthma add up?