Earth Calendar for May 17th and May 18th
Throughout the month of May, as part of Asthma Awareness Month, EPA is encouraging Americans to take simple steps to prevent asthma attacks.
The economic costs of asthma amounts to more than $56 billion per year from direct medical costs and indirect costs, such as missed school and work days. One out of every 12 people suffers from asthma – and the numbers are increasing year after year. Asthma is a national epidemic, affecting nearly 26 million people, including seven million children and low income and minority communities. American's who suffer from asthma can learn to control their symptoms and still maintain active lifestyles with three simple steps: 1. Identify asthma triggers and avoid them. Air pollution, dust mites, secondhand smoke, mold and pet dander can trigger asthma attacks. Identify and avoid personal asthma triggers – different people are affected differently. 2. Ask your doctor to help you create an asthma action plan that will enable you to monitor your asthma on a daily basis and communicate important information about your personal asthma triggers and asthma control strategies. 3. Pay attention to air quality. Exposure to ozone and particle pollution can cause asthma attacks. When air quality is low, people with asthma may want to stay indoors, use air conditioning instead of open windows, and avoid outdoor activity. Learn more on asthma and environmental triggers, please visit the website.