Researchers have found that women with asthma are more likely to be hospitalised for their symptoms than men.
The study, published in the journal, the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, involved around 2,000 people who had been treated for their asthma in a hospital emergency department.
Scientists looked at each person’s medical records to see if the risk of being hospitalised for asthma was different in men and women. After considering other factors that could affect a person’s asthma, they found that women were 60% more likely to need to visit a hospital emergency department than men.
The scientists suggest several possible causes for this increased risk for women, including female hormones, health behaviours, and a difference in sensitivity of the airways. However, further research is needed.
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