Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month—time to raise awareness, take action and help make a difference in the lives of the more than 26 million people in the U.S. living with asthma.

During May, the American Lung Association is raising awareness about asthma and heat. Climate change is causing extreme heat, contributing to poor air quality, increased allergens, extreme weather events, and more frequent and intense wildfires. These events can make a person’s asthma more difficult to manage and even cause asthma attacks. Hot, humid air can cause asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Heat can trigger asthma symptoms because high temperatures and humidity cause air to not move, trapping pollutants that can irritate the airways. Humidity helps common asthma triggers, like dust mites and mold to thrive. Air pollution, ozone, and pollen also increase when the weather is hot and humid. Learn how light-colored, reflective and green surfaces can combat extreme heat and create cooler, more livable communities. Watch this short video on Extreme Heat in Cities.

Join our efforts to learn more about asthma, advocate for critical legislation that will improve air quality, and support research.

Here's how you can get involved:

Learn About Asthma

Take our free online course, Asthma Basics, to improve your understanding of asthma and the steps to manage the disease.
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Advocate for Critical Legislation

Join our efforts to improve air quality for people with asthma and support increased funding for the CDC's National Asthma Control Program.
Take Action

Find Asthma Clinical Trials

View trials that are currently recruiting participants or view outcomes from previous studies.
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Support Asthma Research

Our work is possible only through donations from people like you.
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Join the Patient & Caregiver Network to get support, education and connection to others.

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Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Asthma Awareness Webinar Series

Join us for four free and informative asthma webinars throughout Asthma Awareness Month. Gain valuable insights from leading experts in the field, learn practical tips for symptom control, and discover the latest advancements in asthma treatment. Learn more about the series.

Patient and Caregiver Resources

Learning to Understand and Manage Severe Asthma

Speaker: Emily Rodman, PharmD, BCPPS

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Lungcast

Episode #44: Multidisciplinary Asthma Care in High-Risk Communities

Speaker: Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD  

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Asthma Awareness Month Activities from Our Partners

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