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May is Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month

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Were you aware that……….

Allergies

  • 10 – 30% of adults in the U.S. have allergic rhinitis
  • More than 25% of households are affected by allergies
  • A single Ragweed plant can release 1 million pollen grains in just one day
  • In children, if left untreated, nasal allergies can lead to facial growth issues and orthodontic problems
  • If both your parents have allergies, your risk of developing allergies is greater than 50%
  • 90% of all fatal food allergic reactions are from peanuts and nuts— Don’t take this allergy lightly!
  • Allergy shots (immunotherapy injections) are the only “disease-modifying” treatment for environmental allergies; the effect can be long lasting, even after the injections are discontinued.
  • Honey bees sting once (barbed stinger), while yellow jackets, wasps and hornets can sting multiple times (no barb on stinger)….. yikes!
  • Penicillin allergy resolves spontaneously in 75% of patients after 15 years of avoidance—- good news!
  • IgG testing for allergies is inappropriate and wastes your time and money

Asthma

  • The most effective treatment for persistent asthma is inhaled corticosteroids, i.e.  Qvar, Asmanex, Pulmicort
  • Patients only take their corticosteroid inhalers 44 – 72% of the time.
  • Mold allergy is a risk factor for severe, life-threatening and fatal asthma— Good info to have!
  • During pregnancy, a mother’s asthma may get better (⅓), worse (⅓) or not change in severity (⅓)
  • You don’t have to have an “attack” to have asthma; symptoms can be subtle and variable.
  • Some people with asthma only cough and do not have wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness.
  • Only 10% of children and adults have correct inhaler technique (doctors are not much better!)
  • Most children who develop asthma have symptoms before 3 years old.

Feel free to use these facts in trivia games or water cooler conversations.  Awareness precedes enlightenment!

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. 

 

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