May is National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

April Showers Bring May Flowers, Allergens and Ozone Pollution

Flowers in bloom throughout the Valley tell us that springtime is in full swing – and with it comes allergens in the air that make it difficult for those who suffer from seasonal and outdoor allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, as it is the peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers who struggle with symptoms.

If you suffer from asthma or allergies, you’re among millions of people at higher risk from particulate pollution and ozone. Particulate pollution can travel deep into your lungs and irritate existing lung disease, triggering asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increasing susceptibility to respiratory infections. Ozone can inflame airways, reduce lung function and cause people to be more sensitive to allergens, which can be very troublesome for those suffering from asthma and allergies.

Fortunately, resources are available through a number of organizations, such as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the Arizona Asthma Coalition and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All three provide valuable information that enable communities to spread awareness about the diseases, raise funds for research, attend events throughout the month of May, and find news and educational resources to help spread awareness. Below are some resources for more information and ways to get involved:

AAFA

May is National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
Asthma Facts and Figures
Allergy Facts and Figures

Arizona Asthma Coalition

Identify and avoid triggers
Asthma in Arizona

EPA

Asthma & Outdoor Air Pollution
Triggers of Asthma
AIRNow – Air Quality Awareness Week

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology provides a nationwide asthma screening program to help people find free asthma and allergy screening locations.

With springtime allergens in the air, it’s important for Valley residents to reduce the air pollution we can control. Learn more about how you can improve air quality in Maricopa County: become part of the solution at www.CleanAirMakeMore.com, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!