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
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.