05 - May

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month



In the United States alone, around 25 million people suffer from asthma. Just over a fifth of these are children. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has established May as the “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month,” because it falls during a season in which asthma and allergies are at their peak. What better time to help educate our students, co-workers, family, and friends about these health problems? Education is the key to earlier prevention and an improved quality of life for asthma and allergy sufferers. At TISD, we are committed to spreading awareness of this issue and supporting individuals who struggle with asthma and allergies.

The Signs and Symptoms of Asthma & Allergies to be Aware Of

Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.  Symptoms of allergies can vary in severity.  Mild allergy symptoms include congestion, skin rash, and itchy eyes. Moderate symptoms include difficulty in breathing, and itchiness.

Environmental triggers of asthma attacks include passive smoking, molds, cockroaches, pet hair, and dust mites.  Combined with adequate medical treatment, these environmental triggers can be controlled. However, it is important to remember that many deaths occur from asthma that could have been prevented.  Nearly 10 people die per day from asthma attacks, according to the AAFA. By educating people on how to control environmental asthma triggers and how to take advantage of available medical treatments, we can help prevent fatalities and severe symptoms of asthma and allergy attacks. We invite you to use these resources and tools to bring healthy messages to school, work and home.

AAFA-Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

FARE-Food Allergy Research & Education

Medicine Net- Food Allergy Facts

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

CDC-Learn How to Control Asthma

National Institute of Health- Asthma Control Video in Spanish