Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's a peak season for those with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.

There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Ten people a day die from asthma. Asthma affects more than 24.5 million Americans. More than 6 million children under the age of 18 have asthma. More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more. The rate of allergies is climbing.

Remember:

        • Talk to your primary healthcare provider about any asthma or allergy symptoms.
        • There is no cure for asthma. The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take meds to prevent symptoms & prepare to treat attacks
        • Common asthma symptoms are coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness
        • An asthma episode, also called an asthma flare-up or asthma attack can happen any time. Mild symptoms may only last a few minutes while more severe asthma symptoms can last hours or days
        • Climate change will make asthma and allergies worse.
        • Showering at night removes pollen from your hair before you go to bed.