May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. May 6th was the 10th year anniversary of World Asthma Day.
May is peak allergy season for most of the United States and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is again leading the country in this month’s education, outreach and attempts to gain funding for its programs. You can use their site to download educational material, to get a pollen count according to your zip code, find a support group, learn how to set up a plan for your child at school if she or he has asthma or allergies, including food allergies and make a donation.
If you have a severe allergy that can lead to anaphylactic shock please wear some type of medical alert bracelet or necklace. Be sure to inform all doctors, your local EMS and family and friends. Carry injectable epinephrine which is available by prescription. You can go into shock in minutes and not be able to speak.
My husband and his brother and sister are all highly allergic to bee and wasp stings. They have a severe reaction. My husband always carries an Epi-Pen. My older daughter is hypersensitive to dairy. She cannot eat anything that contains dairy and has to eat specially prepared food if eating in a restaurant. My youngest daughter is allergic to mold, pollen, dust, many trees and plants. Both of my daughters had asthma, but grew out of it.
My youngest has a follow-up appointment with her Allergist as she is not responding well to her current medications. I wish that I could use gps fleet tracking for all of the things she’s allergic to and help her to avoid them!
Asthma and Allergies are very serious health conditions that can be deadly. My children were very fortunate to outgrow asthma. Many children do not.