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May 21, 2020

Now more than ever, it’s important for seniors to focus on their health and well-being. Avamere is recognizing Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May.

Since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers, and others about these diseases.

While asthma and allergies may not be as critical a condition as other chronic illnesses, there are important tips and words of advice to follow when managing these ailments.

  1. Asthma can be life-threatening

Asthma is a condition when not enough oxygen reaches your lungs; in some instances, it can stop breathing. Because of this, asthma attacks can be fatal in some cases and should be treated seriously. Seek emergency medical attention if you are having an asthma attack and medication is not alleviating the symptoms.

  1. Seniors are more at-risk for side effects from asthma

Asthma symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness. Since seniors are at a greater risk to develop respiratory failure, it’s important symptoms of asthma are addressed.

Seven percent of the 65+ population has asthma. Talk to a healthcare professional or doctor about treatment.

  1. Allergies are the most common chronic health problem

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), nearly 40% of adults suffer from allergies, making it the most prevalent chronic health problem. The elderly are especially susceptible and allergic conditions are often ignored, cited as not being life-threatening.

Believe it or not, allergies and allergic reactions can affect our brains, neurological function, breathing, the heart, and blood pressure. It’s important to treat and control allergies, especially in the senior population.

  1. Treatment for allergies

While many allergic reactions will likely require medication to treat, many do not. Food allergies can easily be identified and eliminated from diets to control allergic reactions. Other allergies to things like dogs or certain materials can also be eliminated. Often times, simply having the knowledge of what is causing the allergy can lead to easy treatment of it.

Before making any changes to your health routine, please consult your doctor.

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