May is the peak season for individuals who suffer from asthma & allergies.
Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is informing residents to take preventative measures to improve the quality of life for families and their loved ones who suffer from these conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is a serious and sometimes life-threatening respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for almost 25 million people. Approximately 7 million asthma sufferers are children. Presently, there is no cure for asthma or allergies but they can be controlled through medical treatment and management of triggers in the environment.
To manage asthma or allergies, you must know the warning signs of an attack, avoid things that may trigger an attack, and follow the advice of your family physician.
Severe asthma symptoms can begin with itching of the eyes and face, but soon progress to swelling, causing breathing difficulties, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, confusion and dizziness. Common symptoms and triggers of asthma and allergies include but are not limited to:
- Itchy watery eyes
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Secondhand smoke
- Dust mites
- Cockroaches and pests
- Outdoor pollution and household chemicals
Allergies vary from person to person. Some allergic reactions are severe and can develop into a life-threatening emergency. Common symptoms of allergies include:
- Itchy water eyes
- Certain foods
- Bee venom
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
By learning what triggers an allergy or asthma attack, you can identify sources in your home and talk about ways to eliminate them. If you have a small child that that suffers from asthma or allergies, talk to your doctor who will work with you to reduce and manage these attacks. An Asthma Action Plan is helpful to control asthma on a regular basis. Click the link to find an action plan in English or in Spanish.