May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month: Are asthma triggers hiding in your home?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 1 in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults have asthma. Asthma is a very serious condition that many individuals struggle with on a daily basis and if not properly treated, it can be deadly. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and is a perfect time to educate your family, friends, co-workers and others about this disease.
Asthma is a disease of the lungs that usually involves symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing coughing, and breathlessness. Your doctor can help you develop a plan to manage your asthma, but there are also things you can do on your own to prevent an asthma attack.
Watch out for asthma triggers!
Asthma triggers can cause an asthma attack. It’s important to know what can irritate your asthma and avoid those irritants. Keep in mind that everyone’s triggers are different and the following are a list of the most common triggers from the CDC.
- Tobacco smoke
- Dust mites
- Outdoor air pollution
- Smoke from wood, grass and leaves
- Other triggers include: Infections (the flu), colds, chemicals inhalants, physical activity, weather conditions, some foods, fragrances, strong emotional reactions
Remember, asthma can be controlled. It’s important to talk to your doctor and figure out a plan that works for you and your asthma.
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