The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The most disturbing time of the year for asthma and allergy patients is May. Hospitals report a huge influx of patients complaining of severe food allergies, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, and asthma attacks, hence this is a perfect time to spread awareness about allergies and asthma.
The Environmental Protection Agency dedicates the first week of May to raising knowledge about the air quality in the environment. Air pollution is a prominent triggering factor for asthma and allergies.
The Global Initiative for Asthma also dedicates the first Tuesday in May to be World Asthma Day; it releases a report mentioning 100 US cities challenging for asthma patients to live in.
Around 25 million US residents suffer from asthma, a respiratory disease that has no cure but is manageable and controllable. Each year, 1.6 million asthma patients visit hospitals in the emergency department, leading to over 170,000 hospital stays.
About 32 million Americans have food allergies and 24 million either have Allergic rhinitis or nasal allergies. The most prevalent food allergies include peanut, milk, shellfish, and tree nut, and childhood food allergy often turns into a life-threatening chronic condition.
The impact on these figures is even greater considering the caregivers and the communities besides the people who report the diseases.
The National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is dedicated to bringing greater attention to asthma and allergies. It aims to educate people about their causes, help them recognize their symptoms, and get diagnosed, and timely treated to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
This year’s theme is to boost the confidence of patients when they use asthma and allergy medicines, inhalers, and injections.
Asthma and allergy can not be cured, so it is better to prevent them from happening by reducing your exposure to potential allergens and asthma triggers. The following are some tips that can help you prevent an asthma attack or allergic reaction.
Knowledge of emergency first aid for allergic or asthma patients requires an understanding of what to expect in a severe allergic reaction or asthma attack first.
A patient requiring emergency support due to an asthma attack has difficult, noisy breathing, persistent caught, hoarse voice, and tightness in their throat. They are usually not in the condition to talk or respond effectively in terms of emergency management.
Severe food allergies cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, or even collapse. If anyone in your family has experienced any of these symptoms before, they are vulnerable to having another severe reaction or asthma attack. It can be life-threatening and requires a prompt response.
This May, let’s join hands in spreading awareness about asthma and allergies to improve the lives of people living with them. Consider this opportunity to participate in virtual presentations, community outreach, and general public discussion about the subject with people around you. Help asthma and allergy patients find relief this month by educating them about potential causes, effects, treatment, emergency response, and prevention of these diseases.
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