May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and spring is peak season for many asthma and allergy sufferers.
According to the CDC, around 25 million Americans suffer from asthma and the numbers are increasing every year. Asthma affects the lungs and can cause repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma is a lifelong disease and cannot be cured. However, it can be managed by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack.
Millions of people also suffer from allergies caused by everyday exposures to dust mites, pollens, and furred or feathered animals. Allergies and asthma can be worsened by tobacco smoke and strong smells from cleaning supplies in school and home environments.
The Livingston County Department of Health encourages you to eliminate any asthma or allergy irritants for you or your family. For more information, please contact the Livingston County Department of Health’s Community Health Services Department at 585-243-7270.
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