Facts about Asthma

  • People of all ages have asthma.
  • It is the most common chronic disease in children, affecting 1 in 10 children.
  • Many children who develop asthma, have symptoms that started when they were under five years old.
  • Asthma runs in families, but many people with asthma have no other family members affected.


 This article has been written by Paediatrician and Pulmonologist, Dr Salome Abbott (MBBCh (Wits), FCPaed(SA), MMed(Paed), DipAllerg(SA), Dip Paed Resp Med (Europe), Cert Paed Pulmonology(SA))

Dr Abbott currently has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti and Kingsbury Hospitals in Cape Town. The focus of her practice is treating children with respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung problems. Tel: 021 506 5228 or for full contact details please CLICK HERE