The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! It’s a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate others. Asthma affects 24 million Americas, this More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies — pollen, skin, latex, etc.
Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. An asthma attack happens in your body’s airways, which are the paths that carry air to your lungs. During an asthma attack, the sides of the airways in your lungs swell and the airways shrink. Less air gets in and our of your lungs, and mucous that your body makes clogs up the airways even more. Control your asthma and avoid an attack by taking your medicine exactly as your doctor tells you and by staying away from things that can trigger an attack.
Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, and other bothersome symptoms.To reduce your exposure to the things that trigger your allergy signs and symptoms: stay indoors on dry, windy days; Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling, and other gardening chores that stir up allergens; Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from skin and hair; Don’t hang laundry outside; Take extra steps when pollen counts are high.Don’t forget to check your local TV, radio station, newspaper, or the internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels. To learn more about how you can prepare in advance of your allergy season, visit allergyprep.aafa.org.
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