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
  • Cockroaches
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • 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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  1. Allergy symptoms occur when your immune system overreacts to an allergen—something that usually is harmless, such as plant pollen, dust mites, molds, insect stings or food. If you have an allergy, your immune system acts as if the allergen were dangerous, releasing a chemical called histamine that causes allergy symptoms.

    1. Hi Luanna,

      Thank you for reading my posting and for your comment about allergies. I hope you enjoyed it!

      -Niccole L.

  2. Shots might seem like an unusual way to treat allergies, but they’re effective at decreasing sensitivity to triggers. The substances in the shots are chosen according to the allergens identified from a person’s medical history and by the allergist during the initial testing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the standards used in preparing the materials for allergy shots given in the United States.

    1. Hi Carley,

      I completely agree that shots are a good way to treat allergies. Some individuals have symptoms that over-the-counter treatments don’t event touch! For some, shots are the best option. People should talk to their doctor to figure out the best option to treat their allergy symptoms. Thank you for your comment and for reading my posting.

      -Niccole L.

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