May Is Asthma Awareness Month | American Lung Association

May Is Asthma Awareness Month

(May 1, 2018)

Asthma Awareness Month

Every year we recognize Asthma Awareness Month in May to support the 26 million Americans, including 6 million children, who may experience asthma symptoms during this peak season. While there is no cure for asthma, the chronic lung disease can be controlled. From gaining a good understanding of asthma triggers to everyone playing a part to create asthma-friendly spaces, together we can ensure that those living with asthma breathe easier.

With the rest of the world, we kick off the awareness month May 1 with World Asthma Day. This year's theme "Never too early, never too late," highlights the importance of managing asthma year-round. It's never too early to learn how to manage the chronic lung disease and it’s never too late to create asthma-friendly environments.

Learning About Asthma

Asthma Basics is our free online interactive course designed to teach everyone about asthma. Also available in Spanish, Asthma Basics teach participants to:

  • Recognize and manage triggers like allergens, the environment, behaviors and respiratory infections.
  • Understand the importance of creating a plan to stop an asthma emergency from occurring.
  • Know how to respond to a breathing emergency.

This learning module is perfect for adults with asthma, parents of children with asthma, healthcare providers, coaches, teachers and school nurses. Asthma Basics may also be useful for friends and family members who are interested in learning more about asthma, but we'd also like to encourage those who do not have asthma to help create lung-friendly environments.

Managing Asthma in the Workplace

Approximately 11 million workers are exposed to at least one known substance that causes asthma symptoms in the workplace. Cleaning chemicals, secondhand smoke, garbage fumes and poor air circulation are all contributing factors to your colleagues with asthma feeling ill. You can help keep everyone healthy by:

  • Ensuring your workplace is 100 percent tobacco free.
  • Preventing mold and pests by keeping a well-ventilated a clean workplace.
  • Be aware of the hazards and safe handling procedures for materials on the job.

Download our "How Lung-Friendly is Your Workplace?" infographic and share at your office or work station or with your child's school to prevent unhealthy air.

While there is no cure for asthma, with proper attention and management, those living with asthma can live an enjoyable, healthy life. The American Lung Association will continually support those living with asthma and their friends and family with the necessary tools and resources to have full control of this lung disease during Asthma Awareness Month and beyond. For more information on these resources or questions, please visit Lung.org/asthma or call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).

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