May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Updated on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma News
May is "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, and co-workers about these diseases. Most people know that allergists treat allergic conditions – but not everyone is aware that allergists are the medical professionals specially trained to identify the factors that trigger asthma.

Approximately 50 million Americans are living with some type of allergy – including food allergies. Additionally, nearly 25 million people suffer from asthma. Often, the public does not understand the seriousness of these two diseases or their impact on the people that deal with them on a daily basis. Also, many do not understand the connection between allergies and asthma.

Eighty to 90 percent of children and 50 to 60 percent of adults with asthma have allergies as a trigger. It is critical to identify your asthma triggers and develop an asthma maintenance plan. Because asthma is a chronic disease, regular follow up visits by an allergy and asthma specialist will allow for proper control of your disease and can also help prevent progression. Together, you and your allergist will work to ensure that asthma does not interfere with your daily life.

At Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, our specially trained physicians are dedicated to providing state-of-the art, quality care to our patients with allergic disease and asthma. Our practice is committed to raising awareness, providing education to the public, and participating in research to continue to help develop new therapies that will benefit all patients with asthma and allergies.

Learn more about National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month here.