May is National Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month – what are you doing to spread the word?
Allergies & Asthma – The Buzzkill of Summer
Picture the scene. You’re taking a leisurely stroll through the park, the sun is shining, the birds are singing – and your sinuses are on fire. Yes, people, it’s that time of year again! When runny noses, watery eyes, and wheezing are the bane of every allergy sufferers life.
If you’re anything like 60 million other Americans and I, antihistamines are likely your BFF, and the thought of an oak tree makes you wince. Around this time every year, I spend most of my days sniffing around indoors, trying to avoid the glorious Orlando sunshine. My husband also suffers terribly from pollen allergies, so a romantic picnic in our family is more akin to a horror movie (that’s his excuse and he’s sticking to it!)
Seasonal allergies can be a real buzzkill. What’s worse is that standard medication for allergies can cause some people to feel like they’re just high-functioning zombies. As a result, if you also have asthma, it probably feels like a double whammy to your system.
You Are Not Alone
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wants us to know that we aren’t alone! May is officially National Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month. And because of this, AireHealth and I are on a mission to dispel the myths surrounding allergies and asthma! Lets all join together and start a conversation to encourage proactive care for ourselves, our family and our friends living with respiratory illness and allergies!
There is Power in Numbers
This month is the perfect time to reach out to family and friends and ask how they’ve been managing their condition. Maybe ask them if they have an Asthma Plan in place, or whether they would like help creating one? I would love to see more people posting about their allergy and asthma journeys on social media, and sharing any tips they have for managing! There is no cure for allergies and asthma, but episodes can be reduced by adopting a proactive approach to care, such as taking your allergy medication before you leave the house and also using prescribed daily long-term control medicines correctly.
Share Your Allergy & Asthma Stories!
In light of May being dedicated to all things wheezy, let’s start a conversation!
So, what I really want to know is:
- How do YOU prepare for high pollen season?
- If you’re the PARENT of a wheezy child, how do you manage outdoor play?
- I’ve been told that local honey helps with allergies – Have you given this a shot?
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