Spring is in the air. But, so are allergies! Learn more today!
Get ready for a sneeze fest. This month we are talking about National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month.
What is an allergy?
Allergies affect as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children in the U.S. They occur when the body’s immune system recognizes a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. Reactions can be uncomfortable, mild, or severe. The symptoms range from rashes, sneezing, difficulty breathing or anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock is the most dangerous and creates difficulty breathing. For people with severe allergies, an EpiPen must be carried around in case of emergencies. Common allergies include: Latex, nuts, pollen, or insect stings.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects about 25 million Americans. Asthma causes your airways to become swollen or inflamed, making it difficult to breathe. Common asthma triggers include pollen and exercise. To tame these induced symptoms, doctors might prescribe inhalers and outline a treatment plan for each person.
Both asthma and allergies deal with an immune system response, which is why they are often addressed together. We hope you participate in this month and learn a little more about this subject to help you enjoy this spring season sneeze-free!
If you are interested in spreading awareness for this month, fundraising, or taking action please visit this website: https://www.aafa.org/asthma-and-allergy-awareness-month/