Better Understanding Saves Lives

Why More Awareness Is Important, and How You Can Help

Every May, when plants bloom and pollen begins to drift, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America spreads the word about asthma during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This is high season for allergy sufferers and asthmatics, and a good time to educate the public about the facts, dangers and research surrounding these extremely common conditions.

You don’t need to wait until May to jump on the asthma awareness bandwagon — there are plenty of reasons to strike up the conversation at any time of year. For the 25.9 million Americans who suffer from asthma and the 50 million who struggle with allergies, the more you can help circulate accurate info, the more likely they are to find the help they need. Here are eight reasons to get started today.

Asthma Can Strike at Any Age, and It's Good to Be Prepared

Although many people experience their first asthma symptoms in childhood, adult-onset asthma is more common than you might imagine. The breathing problems can hit suddenly, and they don’t discriminate; you could be 40, 50 or 60 when you have your first frightening asthma episode.

Knowing which allergens are often to blame, how to react to an asthma attack, and risk factors that can make matters worse will help any adult deal with the problem more efficiently and comfortably. After all, good preparation can mean the difference between a learning experience and a life-threatening emergency.

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