Sponsored Editorial by Annapolis Pediatrics.
Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.
Did you know that asthma affects approximately 25.9 million Americans and more than 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies-both indoor and outdoor? That means that 7.4 percent of all adults and 8.6 percent of all children in America are affected by asthma. Asthma and allergies are the leading chronic diseases in children and top reasons for days missed from school/work.
Allergy and asthma symptoms include sinus swelling and drainage, itchy and watery eyes, congestion, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath to name a few. The most common indoor/outdoor triggers are tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, animal dander, smoke, pollution, exercise and upper respiratory infections. These triggers cause inflammation in the upper and lower airways leading to the symptoms that many of us are affected by. Asthma and allergy symptoms can be managed and treated reducing their impact on your life.
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms described above? Are you frequently coughing, sneezing, wheezing, or feeling short of breath? Are you using your quick-relief or Albuterol inhaler more than once a week? Are you interested in further understanding what causes your asthma or allergy symptoms and how to reduce them? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should contact your doctor to discuss treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms, learn about your triggers, ensure that you are taking your medication as directed, and create a plan for success. Don’t let your asthma or allergies stop you from breathing easily and getting in your way!
Please join us in raising awareness for these common diseases. For more information about the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, visit: www.aafa.org
Allison Torre, BS, BSN, RN, AE-C
Certified Asthma Educator
Sponsored Editorial by Annapolis Pediatrics. Annapolis Pediatrics can be reached at 410.263.6363 or annapolispediatrics.com