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National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

In the United States alone, around 25 million people suffer from asthma. Just over a fifth of these are children. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has established May as the “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month,” because it falls during a season in which asthma and allergies are at their peak. What better time to help educate your co-workers, family, and more friends about these health problems? Education is the key to earlier prevention and an improved quality of life for asthma and allergy sufferers. At Monterey Park Hospital, we are committed to spreading awareness of this issue and supporting individuals who struggle with asthma and allergies.

Steps to Take This Month

Many deaths occurring from asthma could have been prevented with proper care and treatment. Nearly 10 people die per day from asthma attacks, according to the AAFA. In combatting this health issue, there are a few steps you can take to help spread awareness and support the cause.

Fight asthma and allergies with the following:

  • Social Media: Use as many social media outlets as you can to spread useful information, articles, blogs, and posts. The more people that are aware can help support the cause.
  • Donations: Donate your time or your finances to organizations that research asthma and allergies, or who help spread awareness and educational materials about these health issues.
  • Awareness Events: Participate in any local awareness events that may be put on by a hospital or other organization in your town. Invite friends, co-workers, and family to join as well!
  • Personal Education: Know what you’re up against. Learn about asthma and allergy symptoms as well as how to treat them and prevent them from happening.

By educating people on how to control environmental asthma triggers and how to take advantage of available medical treatments, we can help prevent fatalities and severe symptoms of asthma and allergy attacks.

A Note to Asthma & Allergy Sufferers

If you suffer from asthma, make sure that you work closely with your healthcare provider to prevent attacks and lessen symptoms. Limit or avoid exposure to smoke, cigarette smoke, pets, pollen and the like whenever at all possible. It is possible to make an asthma management plan that is personalized to your triggers and reactions. Until a cure is available, help spread awareness! Your experience could alert other people to the reality and severity of asthma and allergy attacks and help encourage action.

For more information about events or about Monterey Park Hospital’s involvement in National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, don’t hesitate to contact us. As a vital part of the local community for over 40 years, we are proud to help raise awareness for this condition.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.