Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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asthma and allergy awareness month

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month declared by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This month indicates peak season for people with asthma and allergies. Pollen is one of the main culprits for asthma and allergy symptoms. Food allergies are also a concern throughout the year. So, during this time, physicians and families come together to spread awareness of these conditions. 

At NY Allergy & Sinus Centers, we believe that patient education is important in managing allergic conditions. That’s why we strive to give each patient a thorough review of their diagnosis and treatment plan. Join us this month as we spread asthma and allergy awareness. 

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Facts

Asthma and allergies are often overlooked as life-threatening conditions. Here are some facts about asthma and allergies to give you a better understanding of how many people are affected by these conditions. 

  • More than 60 million Americans have asthma and allergies.
  • More than 25 million Americans have asthma.
  • About 32 million Americans have food allergies.
  • About 21 million Americans have hay fever, rhinitis, or nasal allergies.

Key Awareness Dates

To give focus to the severity of asthma and food allergies, we acknowledge World Asthma Day the first Tuesday of May and Food Allergy Awareness Week the second full week of May. This year, World Asthma Day falls on May 5. This day is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. However, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, normal events have been canceled. There are still virtual events taking place across the globe and we encourage you to participate.

Food Allergy Awareness Week falls on the week of May 10 this year. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) is leading global initiatives to increase the reach of public awareness and education efforts. To support the cause, wear teal during Food Allergy Awareness Week and share it on social media. Use the hashtag #TealLoveShinesBright and connect with your local food allergy community. 

How You Can Spread Awareness This Month

Now is the time to join in the movement to spread awareness of asthma and allergies. Support your local food allergy community by educating yourself on the signs and symptoms of asthma and allergy. Our allergy specialists are available to answer any questions you have. We also welcome you to get allergy-tested at one of our six allergy centers in NYC so that you are aware of your allergies and get the best treatment possible.

The AAFA will hold virtual awareness events this year. Be sure to follow the foundation online to stay up to date on current events. While helping spread awareness this month, continue your asthma and allergy treatment at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers to stay healthy all year! Our offices are open to serve your allergy and immunology needs. Just call (212) 686-4448 or book an appointment online to see one of our allergy experts.