Spring is a lovely season, but…
It’s May, and many of the patients who come for medical care here at the Clearwater Free Clinic arrive barely able to breathe—coughing, sneezing, congested, and feeling just miserable. It’s peak allergy season, and our patients are among the 50 million Americans who are affected by allergies at this time of year. And those same allergens can create serious flare-ups in the nearly 25 million who suffer from asthma, the leading chronic illness for children; that’s 8% of our adult population and 10% of our children who have asthma, and the numbers continue to grow.
The most important steps you can take if you think you have asthma or seasonal allergies are to
- see a doctor to get a diagnosis,
- develop a management plan,
- take prescribed medicines faithfully,
- and prevent exposure to allergens and other asthma triggers as much as possible.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (sponsor of May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month) has a great website full of information. Click on the topics below for many practical resources for you and your family…