By Daniel Dam
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. For many sufferers of these diseases, they already know the symptoms – which can include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, sneezing and itchy eyes – and that they can last longer than just any single month. Asthma and allergies are often connected and have similar triggers.
Allergy Medical Group has been helping our patients find relief from allergies for almost 40 years. Those suffering from allergies and asthma should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night. Allergy Medical Group and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) are offering tips this May as part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
- Limit exposure or avoid the allergens that cause your symptoms.
- Avoid dust mites by using dust-proof covers on pillows, mattresses and box springs. Also avoid bedding stuffed with foam rubber or kapok.
- Keep windows closed during pollen season, especially during the day.
- Take a shower, wash your hair, and change clothing after working or playing outdoors.
- Keep pets outdoors or restrict them to a few rooms in the house.
- Regularly carry and take prescribed asthma medications, following dosage instructions.
- Schedule an appointment for any unmanaged allergy and asthma symptoms, to learn how to avoid potential triggers and for treatment recommendations.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and asthma. You shouldn’t have to manage your symptoms alone. Grass and weed pollens are on the rise so get prepared. Stay informed with our blog, and we’ll see you at your next appointment!