a mother and child with flowersMay has been lovingly labeled Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month since 1984 when the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) deemed it so. What started as an effort to educate allergy- and asthma-sufferers on how to better control their symptoms has turned into a country-wide campaign, and it’s here to stay. It’s vital that each May – and all year long – the healthcare community educates people about the severity of asthma and allergies so we can help you either defeat or manage it! Learn more about this important month and what Dr. Brauer can do to help you:

Asthma & Your Body

Did you know that sometimes the same allergen that causes your allergies to flare can cause an asthmatic episode? When this happens, the airways in your lungs become inflamed and the muscles begin to tighten. This is why wheezing, coughing, and chest pain are common symptoms of asthma… your lungs are trying very hard to take a deep breath! An inhaler can release medicine into your lungs to calm down the muscles and help you breathe easier.

Did you know? According to the AAFA:

  • Roughly 25 million Americans have asthma, and it’s more common in adult women than men.
  • Asthma is among the top reasons for missed school days across the country.
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children younger than 15.

Allergies & Your Body

When an allergen enters your body, your immune system flags it as an intruder. It sounds the alarm, so to speak, and that signals your body to try to flush out the allergen. This may take the form of sneezing, watery eyes, grittiness in your eyes, a runny nose, or other frustrating symptoms. Many people can find relief through medication or removing themselves from the allergen. But what about when that’s not possible, like when it’s a beloved pet or miniscule pollen particles? Immunotherapy can teach the immune system not to take such drastic measures when it contacts allergens such as mold spores, pollen, or dust mites.

Did you know? According to the AAFA:

  • Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
  • Peanut is the most common allergen followed by milk and shellfish.
  • Children age 0-4 are most likely to have skin allergies.

Dr. Brauer Can Treat Your Allergies & Manage Your Asthma

Dealing with allergies or asthma can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan. Dr. Brauer will conduct a test to determine exactly what you’re dealing with, discuss the results with you, and talk to you about a treatment plan. Make an appointment today: 270-228-2811