Table 1

Characteristics of the study subjects

Mean (SD) age of adults (years) 40.2 (14.5)
Mean (SD) age of children (years) 12.6 (4.7)
No. (%) of asthmatic children (% of all children)113 (21%)
No. (%) of asthmatic adults (% of all adults) 66 (14.5%)
Total no. of asthmatic subjects (% of population)179 (18%)
No. (%) of subjects with “attacks of wheezing and whistling”211 (21%)
No. (%) of subjects with physician diagnosed asthma206 (20%)
No. (%) of subjects taking inhaled bronchodilators115 (11%)
No. (%) of subjects taking inhaled or oral steroids 41 (4%)
No. (%) of subjects who ever smoked240 (24%)
No. (%) of asthmatics who ever smoked 38 (21.5%)
Geometric mean IgE (kU/l) in asthmatics130.3
Geometic mean IgE (kU/l) in non-asthmatics 37.3