In 1984 May was declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). May was chosen because it is a peak season for people who suffer from asthma and allergy symptoms. What better time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers, and everyone else about these conditions?
During this month, many organizations, such as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the Global Initiative for Asthma, drive public awareness during conferences, meetings, walks, runs, and other activities.
The Environmental Protection Agency usually assigns the first few days to raise knowledge about air quality in our environment, which allows us to discuss ways to improve air quality in the United States and abroad.
The first Tuesday in May is also called “World Asthma Day,” a day dedicated by the Global Initiative for Asthma. On this day, they release a report which ranks the top 100 cities that are challenging for people suffering from asthma to live in. Click here to view it.
How do you raise awareness for asthma?
To help raise awareness for allergies and asthma, you can do several things, from wearing a gray ribbon to volunteering at local events, partnering with organizations, and posting educational content on your social media platforms.
Help spread the word!
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has many activities throughout May that you can participate in. They are found at https://www.aafa.org/asthma-and-allergy-awareness-month.
Know the Facts!
There are many facts to know about allergies and asthma, as well as becoming familiar with the information can help you spread the word. Did you know:
- It occurs everywhere. Asthma affects everyone in all countries, regardless of the levels of development.
- Asthma is one of the major non-communicable diseases. It affects more than 260 million people across the globe and is the most chronic disease among children.
- Asthma is often overlooked. It’s under-diagnosed and under-treated. People discount it as a “simple breathing problem.”
- It is expensive for the country. Each year, asthma costs the United States more than $50 billion in healthcare expenses.
- Children miss out on school days. Statistics have proven that asthma is responsible for more than 10 million absences a year in the United States.
- Gender plays a role in asthma occurrences. Studies have shown that in children, more boys are affected than girls. On the other hand, women are more likely to have asthma than men, and women are more likely to die from asthma than men.
- 50 million Americans have allergies each year. Allergies are the 6th[DG6] leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots) can help reduce hay fever. This is successful in about 85% of people with allergic rhinitis.
- Food and skin allergies have increased in children. From 1997-2011, these allergies increased in children under 18 years old. 8.4% of US children under 18 suffer from hay fever, 10% from respiratory allergies, 5.4% from food allergies, and 11.6% from skin allergies.
- Allergic rhinitis can be either seasonal or perennial.
If you have questions about asthma or allergies and want to learn more, please feel free to contact us at Allergy & Asthma Care of Florida at 352-622-1126. Our providers are standing by ready to help you experience freedom from your symptoms!