May Is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and the combined effects of outdoor allergies with food allergies can be serious.

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Asthma and allergies are closely linked, says AAFA, and those who have asthma are more likely to have an allergy (food or airborne) than are those who do not. They are more likely to have severe reactions that are life-threatening as well.

During May, especially, the bronchial tubes can be more inflamed than usual thanks to reactions to airborne allergens, leading to more sensitive asthma reactions. When food allergies are added to the mix, things can become deadly.

Allergies and asthma affect millions in the US

"Allergies and asthma are the most overlooked diseases and are the leading cause to hospital emergency visits," says the AAFA. "One in five Americans suffer[s] from allergies."

The group says that about 25.9 million Americans have asthma in some form and more than 50 million have allergies of some kind. Anyone of any age, sex, race or geographic location can have either or both asthma and allergies.

The AAFA cautions people to be careful during their enjoyment of the Memorial Day weekend.

Source: AAFA

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