Asthma Awareness Month: This EPA Initiative on Asthma Symptoms Just Might Take Your Breath Away
According to the American Lung Association, more than 25 million people living in the United States suffer from asthma and asthma symptoms, of which seven million are children. As a way to stand up to this chronic respiratory disease, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dedicates every May as Asthma Awareness Month, with the purpose of building knowledge and awareness to ultimately improve the quality of life for the millions of Americans with asthma.
How to Take Control of Asthma Symptoms
Environmental triggers of asthma attacks include passive smoking, mold, pet hair, and dust mites. But with the right combination of air quality and medical treatment, these environmental triggers can be controlled, enabling people with asthma to live active, healthy lives.
- Reduce exposure to asthma triggers. Where people live, work, and play can be filled with triggers - in fact, 21.5% of asthma sufferers report their symptoms are made worse from exposure to indoor air pollution.
- Protect your lungs from air pollution. Knowing the state of your community's air in addition to checking the air quality forecast every morning can help minimize exposure on poor air quality days. Search your ZIP code in the American Lung Association's State of the Air
- Schedule a checkup. At minimum, people with asthma should see their healthcare provider once a year and use this time to review their asthma action plan.
- Get tested for allergies. Asthma and allergies go hand-in-hand. People with asthma who experience frequent or seasonal symptoms that are not controlled by asthma medicines, should talk to their healthcare provider about a simple blood or skin scratch test.
- Increase your asthma knowledge and awareness. Congratulations, you're doing that simply by reading this post!
Preventing In-Home and At-Work Asthma Attacks
While it may be difficult, if not impossible, to avoid running into asthma triggers in the outside world, it doesn't have to be difficult at home or at work. At home, you can set your central air conditioning to "recirculate," which will keep many of your outdoor asthma triggers from entering your home. Scheduling an air duct cleaning to remove the pollen and mold spores that are trapped in your ductwork is a great idea because otherwise, you're recirculating all of those allergy triggers. At work, ask your manager, commercial landlord, or facilities manager to schedule an air duct cleaning inspection.
More info? For more tips on how to steer clear of allergy symptoms this allergy season, check out one of our other posts, Survive Spring Allergies.
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