For most Americans, May represents the 5th month of the year, the end of the school semester, and the beginning of summer. Unfortunately, for 24 million Americans it might also represent the time of the year when breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing become a daily fear.
May has been declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America because it’s considered peak season for those who suffer from asthma and allergies.
Asthma, a known cause of more than 2 million emergency room visits per year, still remains a mystery to us all. However, some triggers such as tobacco smoke, airway infections, air pollution, exercise, and common allergens are not as enigmatic as the disease itself.
Being mindful and fully understanding what can spark an asthma attack, might just save you from the doctor’s office.
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind:
- Take your meds exactly as prescribed.
- Keep track of your daily symptoms in a diary. Note when they occurred, how long they lasted and how much medication you used to alleviate those symptoms.
- Reduce, avoid or get rid of triggers around you.
- Reduce allergens in your indoor living space by washing your bed sheets once a week, reducing moisture in the bedroom, and vacuuming carpets and mattresses often.
- Keep constant communication with your doctor.
Even though the exact causes of asthma are not yet known, clinical trials are being conducted to offer new and more advanced treatment options that aren’t yet available to the public.
If you or your loved one is suffering from Asthma, click the button below to learn more about our current enrolling research studies. Don’t let asthma take your breath away!