Allergic disease, including asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. There is no cure for asthma. Do you know how to control asthma & allergies – Phoenix AZ? The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take medicines to prevent symptoms and prepare to treat asthma episodes
1 in 5 Americans Suffers from Asthma or Allergies
Close to 24 million people suffer from Asthma. And over 50 million suffer from allergies. Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma. The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take medicines to prevent symptoms and prepare to treat asthma episodes.
What is Asthma
Asthma is a reaction to triggers the body is sensitive to. It causes the airways to constrict, making it harder to breathe. These triggers can make your symptoms worse and cause asthma attacks. Allergens, unlike irritants, cause your body to have an allergic reaction. But exposure to either can increase your risk of asthma symptoms.
Ways To Reduce Asthma and Allergy Triggers
The best way to reduce triggers is to control your environment and get rid of the triggers the body reacts to. Some of the most common asthma and allergy triggers include:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
Outdoor rritants that commonly cause asthma include:
- Strong fumes
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
The EPA calculates the Air Quality Index (AQI) based on five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act:
- ground-level ozone
- particle pollution (also known as particulate matter)
- carbon monoxide
- sulfur dioxide
- nitrogen dioxide
For people who have asthma, your symptoms can worsen even when ozone levels are moderate (AQI 51-100). When the AQI is 101 or higher, it is dangerous for those with asthma. You may have to change your activities and medicines.
Here is a daily update of the air quality in the Glendale/Phoenix area:
Do you need to get checked for asthma or allergies, or get relief. Schedule an appointment today or walk-in to one of our urgent care locations. We offer allergy shots and can treat asthma.