May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

More than 22 million people living in the United States have asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, more than 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies.

Locally, Wright State Physicians, a multispecialty physicians group affiliated with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, is encouraging those suffering from asthma and allergies to see a physician in May, which is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

“Asthma attacks can cause adults to miss work and children to miss school,” said Donald Clark, M.D., medical director of Wright State Physicians Family Medicine. “These dangerous and sometimes life-threatening episodes can reduce the quality of life for people with asthma.”

Clark advised that people with asthma learn how to avoid asthma triggers, including tobacco smoke, mold, outdoor air pollution, colds and the flu. “A relationship with a trusted family physician can help asthma sufferers,” he said. “Asthma can be controlled by avoiding triggers that cause asthma attacks and taking the right medicine at the right time.”

For those suffering from seasonal allergies, sneezing, coughing and itching are common during this time of the year. Clark recommends they see a physician if they haven’t already done so. “We will review the patient’s medical history, ask questions about symptoms and possible allergens,” he said. “We can then help patients design a plan to improve their quality of life and reduce their risk for developing further problems.”

To schedule an appointment, call (937) 245-7200.

Wright State Physicians Inc. is composed of more than 160 physicians affiliated with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The group provides primary and specialty care in a wide range of specialized diagnostic and treatment services throughout the Dayton region.

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