People who suffer from allergies and asthma may find the month of May to bring noticeable physical symptoms. In May, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) celebrates Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. Approximately 25 million people in the US have asthma, and almost 50 million suffer from allergies. However, taking early, preventative action can improve the quality of life for both asthma and allergy sufferers.

With asthma, there are some signs and symptoms to be aware of: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and a tightness in the chest. More severe asthma symptoms can begin with itching of the face and eyes, but quickly progress to swelling, causing breathing difficulties, confusion, and dizziness. The symptoms of allergies can vary in severity, but mild symptoms often include congestion; skin rash; and itchy, watery eyes. Moderate symptoms can include difficulty in breathing and itchiness.

Asthma attacks are often caused by environmental triggers which include passive smoking, molds, cockroaches, pet hair, and dust mites. However, with adequate medical treatment, these triggers can usually be controlled, enabling those with asthma to live active, healthy lives. A couple types of foods that may also help include foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Magnesium, Selenium, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Allergies exist from many different causes such as various drugs, foods, insects, latex, mold, pets, or pollen. However, there are a lot of medicinal options – both prescription and over-the-counter – to combat these symptoms: nasal corticosteroids, antihistamines, and decongestants to name a few.

To learn more, stop by our Pharmacy today at 3401 Broadway or give us a call at 618-244-5400.

Article by Makayla Smith / Intern at Byrd-Watson