Allergy and Asthma Awareness: What You Need to Know
The month of May is designated as National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. It makes sense since most allergy and asthma sufferers see their health impacted beginning every year in May. The grass has begun to grow again, pollen is in full force, and many allergies are making a return after the winter. Do you suffer from allergy and asthma? This is a double whammy that many people endure every year, even if they seek treatment for their asthma from GMP Medical in Hialeah, Florida. Here’s all you need to know about these two health issues so you can survive the season as we are raising awareness all month long.
The Statistics are Staggering
The statistics are staggering when it comes to the number of people in the country who suffer from allergies and asthma. Just look at the following numbers:
- An estimated 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies at some level
- An estimated 29 million have asthma (6.2 million are children and 19 million are adults)
- An estimated 32 million suffer from food allergies (6 million are children and 26 million are adults)
- An estimated 21 million suffer from nasal allergies, rhinitis, or hayfever (5.6 million are children and 20 million are adults)
What Triggers Asthma Attacks?
Millions of people with asthma can lead a normal life without having breathing problems on a regular basis. There are times when an attack can occur, which is why so many travel with rescue inhalers. Some of the most common asthma attack triggers are found in:
- Dust Mites
- Colds and infections
- Work-related exposures
- The weather
- Medications not used for asthma control
The Symptoms of an Asthma Attack
It’s important that you can recognize the symptoms of an asthma attack so that it can be treated quickly and properly. These include:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- A cough that lasts for more than one week
- A cold that lasts longer than 10 days
- A chronic cough
Asthma can affect people of all ages, not just children and the elderly. You need to take it seriously. If it is not treated properly it can be deadly.
Allergies Can Trigger Asthma
In a large majority of people who suffer from asthma, it has been found that they also suffer from allergies. It’s not uncommon for allergies to trigger asthma. It’s important for you to not only treat your asthma, but also properly treat any allergies. One of the best steps you can take is avoiding the substances that often trigger both conditions.
Schedule an Appointment with GMP Medical Today
GMP Medical treats patients who suffer from allergies and asthma all throughout Florida. This time of year can be especially difficult to deal with when outdoors. Make sure you have all of the necessary medications at the ready in the event you suffer an asthma attack. Contact GMP Medical today to schedule an appointment or discuss asthma awareness. You can call the office in Hialeah at (305) 823-2433 or complete our contact form.
May 8, 2019 2:42 pm