May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Posted on May 4th, 2017

asthma inhaler“Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.”  It is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, 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 suffer from asthma.  More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies  – pollen, skin, latex and more.  The rate of allergies is climbing.  Please join us in raising awareness for these common diseases.” (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)

The AAFA invites you to use their resources and tools to bring healthy messages to work, school and  home (http://www.aafa.org/).

Asthma awareness tips:

  • Fragrances and chemicals from cleaning products can trigger asthma attacks.  Remove air fresheners, scented candles, perfume and scented detergents from the home.  Instead use, “Free and Clear” detergents and cleaning products.  For an easy and inexpensive switch, try using baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice as a substitute cleaner.
  • Avoid areas where people smoke – even secondhand smoke on clothing, furniture and curtains can trigger an asthma attack.
  • Keep a record of your asthma symptoms, frequency and what may have been the cause.  Once you identify the things that trigger your asthma, you can try to decrease your exposure to them.
  • Use allergy proof covers on pillows and mattresses.
  • Wash bedding in hot water weekly (at least 130 degrees).
  • Make the school nurse aware of your child’s asthma condition and provide the school with your child’s medicine and/or rescue inhaler to administer as needed at school.