Wellness Topic - May

There are over 65 million people in the U.S. that are affected by asthma and allergies. This time of year is peak season for individuals with these diseases to be affected the most. With more education, the hope is that this will prompt people to be proactive and deal with symptoms early. This can improve the quality of life for those who suffer from these issues.

Allergy symptoms can range in severity. The mild symptoms include congestion, itchy or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, headache and skin rashes. Moderate symptoms include itchiness and difficulty breathing.

Alleviating Seasonal Allergies

  • Wash your bedding every week in hot water to help keep pollen under control.

  • Wash your hair before going to bed.

  • Limit the number of throw rugs to reduce dust and mold in your home.

  • Wear an inexpensive painter’s mask and gloves when cleaning.

  • Vacuum twice a week.

  • Change air conditioning and heating air filters often.

Treatment for most allergies is available both over-the-counter and by prescription. If your allergy symptoms are severe or chronic, you may need a series of allergy shots.

Asthma is a serious disease and with careful diagnosis, expert medical treatment and responsible self-care, most people with asthma lead normal, healthy lives.

Common asthma symptoms include coughing that is often worse at night or early in the morning, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, faster or noisy breathing or trouble breathing.

Treatment for asthma

  • Self-management – Make plans for controlling asthma daily and an emergency plan for stopping attacks.

  • Avoiding triggers

  • Medication – Use preventive (long-term control) and rescue (quick relief) medicines

While allergies and asthma can affect your daily life, by avoiding triggers and treating the conditions, individuals can experience a healthy and normal lifestyle.

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