For more than two decades, with spring in full bloom, May has served as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This is a critical time to spread the word about allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions that impact millions of Americans.

From seasonal allergies to food sensitivities, allergies range from inconvenient to life-threatening. That's what makes understanding and how to reduce them so important.

What Is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month? 

Established by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the month-long schedule of events includes daily action items designed to educate and prepare children, parents, teachers, and the general population about respiratory issues. Many prepare families for allergic reactions or offer ways to prevent them from happening.

Notable dates within the month include:

  • May 3 - World Asthma Day
  • May 5 – Air Quality Awareness Week
  • May 8 – Food Allergy Awareness Week
  • May 17 – Healthier Home Day

See the full 31-day calendar of activities.

Awareness Makes a Difference 

Understanding the issues related to allergies and respiratory health can improve —and save—the lives of allergy sufferers.

Allergy facts and statistics:

  • 25 million Americans have asthma
  • 32 million Americans have food allergies
  • 44.3% of children under the age of 18 diagnosed with asthma have an attack each year
  • Black Americans are 5 times more likely to require emergency medical care as a result of an asthma attack
  • In 2020, 4,145 Americans died from asthma attacks, the first annual increase in two decades.

Learn more asthma, allergy, and food allergy facts to share with friends this month!

Related: When Does Allergy Season Start?

Prioritize Indoor Air Quality Year-Round 

Reduce the health implications of allergies and asthma all year long by prioritizing indoor air quality.

Get started by:

  • Replacing your HVAC air filter every 1-3 months.
  • Dusting and cleaning weekly.
  • Using resources like the National Pollen Map to monitor pollen levels in your area.
  • Talking to a healthcare provider about allergy treatments and how to prepare for asthma or anaphylactic reactions.

When it's time to make smart improvements to your home's air quality, your local One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is a valuable resource.

Make This a Month One of Action 

With spring at its peak, Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month is the perfect time to reduce the symptoms of allergy sufferers in your home. Trust the helpful indoor air quality professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to help. Book online or call (800) 893-3523 today.