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National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

If you suffer from asthma and/or allergies, you’re in good company. More than 60 million Americans struggle with conditions that include environmental, food, drug, and animal allergies, and asthma ranging from mild to severe.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has established May—when seasonal allergies often reach their peak—as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Learning and raising awareness about allergies and asthma has never been more timely, as both of these conditions can put sufferers at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection.

AAFA recommends making a pact to ACT:

  • Have an ACTION plan for your asthma or allergies by making sure your doctor is aware of your condition and symptoms, especially during times of the year when you’re likelier to be affected by symptoms

  • CARRY important medicines with you, and consider wearing a medial ID to alert others of your condition.

  • Keep a current TREATMENT plan for both therapies and emergencies, which can save steps in the event an allergic or asthma episode, or if you contract COVID-19 and require a higher level of care.

While asthma and allergy symptoms may feel extreme this month, managing your asthma or allergies year-round can go a long way toward feeling, and breathing, better!