May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Make healthy breathing a priority this month with our helpful resources on how to combat allergies and asthma.
Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) designates May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It is a month-long initiative to raise awareness for the concerns of asthmatics and allergy sufferers, as these are serious respiratory conditions that affect millions of people across the world.
There is no cure for asthma or allergy, but deaths can result if conditions are not properly treated and looked after. Prevention and knowledge are key aspects of staying healthy and breathing with ease. Awareness of allergens and asthma triggers that affect you is critical to knowing how to prevent symptoms from becoming debilitating. With the right tools, you can confidently take on asthma and allergies.
Join us in celebrating May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month with these helpful resources and quick facts to take be asthma and allergy-ready all spring and summer.
Asthma and Allergy Quick Facts
According to the AAFA, asthma impacts roughly 25 million Americans, about 1 in 13 people. Of these numbers, it is more common for children to have asthma than adults and it is the leading chronic disease for children. Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15. In fact, asthma is the leading cause of missed school days for children ages 5 to 17, with more than 13.8 million school days missed.
The approximate annual cost of asthma is more than $81.9 billion, which accounts for medical care and lost work and school days.
The CDC reports that each day, ten people die from asthma. Many of these deaths are avoidable with proper care and treatment.
The AAFA conducted an intensive study called Disparities in Asthma Care, which focused on ethnic differences in asthma and asthma care, which was published with National Pharmaceutical Council. The study reveals that illness and death rates among racial/ethnic groups are closely connected with poverty, city air quality, indoor allergens, not enough patient education, and poor health care.
The AAFA reports that allergies have an annual cost of about $18 billion.
The most common environmental allergy triggers include tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, and cat, dog, and rodent dander. There are many other types of allergies that exist, however, including food allergies, skin allergies, latex allergies, drug allergies, and insect allergies.
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a very common allergy that affects about 26 million people.
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction. The most common allergy-related deaths occur from medication allergies.
About 50 million people in the United States have allergies and are the sixth leading chronic illness.
Resources from the Venta Blog
At Venta, we take asthma and allergies seriously as we believe healthy indoor air quality is an important part of your overall health and wellness. We have written about many topics as they relate to asthma and allergies, outlined in the posts linked to below:
- 5 Tips for Creating a Safe and Asthma-Friendly Workplace
- Why Your Child Needs an Asthma Action Plan for the School Year
- Ragweed: The Seasonal Allergen to Look Out for This Fall
- The Back to School Asthma and Allergies Guide for Your Kids
- Getting Smart with Summer Allergies: Causes and Prevention
- Seven Free Seasonal Asthma and Allergy Apps You NEED
Asthma and Allergy Relief with Venta
Venta prides itself on being the indoor air experts. With over 35 years of industry-leading experience, we have developed air quality machines to improve the air our consumers breathe. Asthma and allergy sufferers around the world have found relief in our Airwasher Humidifiers.
By trapping allergens like pollen, dust, and dander in the Airwasher’s reservoir, the unit produces only pure moisturized air. Due to our revolutionary cold evaporation technology, over-humidification is impossible, preventing any excess moisture build-up or mold growth.
This is why so many people have turned to Venta, as our units provide necessary year-round humidification while simultaneously purifying the air of impurities. Some have found such relief in removing allergens from the air that they have not noticed a need to refill over-the-counter allergy prescriptions. Hear more about lifestyle blogger, Pam Diamond’s experience here.
The LP60 Air Purifier features filter technology that is unmatched in performance. This new filter, the VENTAcel Nelior Filter, is composed of a homogeneous layer of fibers with each fiber’s diameter being around 1000 nanometers in size. This special composition and mechanical stability results in a lower operating pressure differential and achieves 99.95% filtration of particles greater or equal to 0.07 microns in size. This performance is unsurpassed by all other HEPA filters currently available on the market.
Asthma and allergy sufferers can breathe easily with Venta products. Our unique systems are built to provide healthy indoor air quality while correcting the problems associated with dry and polluted air.