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Asthma Awareness Month

2013 May 7

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Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to raise awareness about asthma!  Asthma is a serious, sometimes life threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the lives of almost 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million kids.  The U.S. EPA is celebrating Asthma Awareness Month by spreading the word about how serious asthma can be and how important it is to manage environmental asthma triggers like secondhand smoke, dust mites, pet dander, mold and many others.  Please join the EPA in raising awareness of this condition by teaching others what asthma is and how the environment can affect people with asthma.

Although I have never suffered from asthma, I understand how it can affect someone’s day to day activities.  My childhood best friend, Katherine, suffers from asthma. My pet cats and dog would make it difficult for her to breathe when she would come over to play. With her inhaler in tow, Katherine was always aware of how pets could affect a play date with friends.

The EPA makes it easy for students to learn how to manage the environmental triggers of asthma.  You and a parent or guardian can visit http://www.epa.gov/asthma/ to learn more about asthma triggers and Asthma Awareness Month.  What is even cooler are all of the interesting materials the EPA offers to raise awareness about asthma.  Tell your parent or teacher they can visit the EPA’s website to get a free copy of Clearing the Air of Asthma Triggers.  You and your friends can also read Why is Coco Orange? to learn about asthma and air quality. During Asthma Awareness Month this May, help spread the word about asthma!

Shelby Egan is a student volunteer in the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division in Region 5, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has a passion for protecting natural resources, cities she’s never been to and cooking any recipe by The Pioneer Woman.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. Dylan DePriest permalink
    May 20, 2013

    When I was younger, around 4, I developed asthma and had to take medicine several times a day. I got over the asthma when I got older and now (Ironically) I am a swimmer and have been for over a decade, and even have gone to state championships a couple of times! I think I might support this cause if I have the time, because I know what it feels like to be so helpless, especially now since it isn’t the child’s fault entirely.

  2. Andrew Roberts permalink
    May 20, 2013

    I don’t think most people realize what a serious condition asthma is! The majority of the population that I’ve asked thinks asthma is more of a minor inconvenience that gives the occasional respiratory issues to those affected. Most people are also probably unwilling to take action to help asthma sufferers such as lower their use of tobacco in public, mainly because Asthma Awareness isn’t very high and we aren’t reminded of it much. If people were given pamphlets or links to websites about the dangers of asthma, then asthma awareness would certainly skyrocket, and preventative measures could be taken by society!

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