According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, May is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. Some surprising statistics:
- Asthma affects 24 million Americans, including 6.3 million children under the age of 18.
- Asthma is one of the top reasons children miss school.
- Asthma causes more than 2 million emergency visits each year.
- Boys are more likely to have asthma than girls, but women are more likely to have asthma than men.
- More than 50 million Americans struggle with symptoms of allergies.
- Allergic conditions are the most common health issues affecting children in the U.S.
- The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are: tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, and cat, dog and rodent dander.
In 2006, AAFA created the Asthma and Allergy Friendly Certification Program. The Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 60+ million people in the United States living with asthma and allergies. According to its website:
Americans spend an estimated $10 billion a year on non-medicinal, consumer products marketed for people with asthma and allergies such as vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, bedding, toys, flooring, and more. Often these products advertise a wide variety of features and benefits including suitability for those with asthma and allergies, the ability to prevent allergen accumulation, and in some extreme cases, promising improved health for consumers without providing scientific proof or validation for such claims.
Common medication options are effective and managing symptoms but often produce side effects. Typical side effects of allergy medication are drowsiness, dry mouth or eyes Recently the common medication Singulair was linked with alterations in mood, more pronounced with children. Benedryl (diphenhydramine) in long term use is now associated with dementia.
No-Shot Treatment for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers
Desert Wellness Center offers an effective, natural treatment that does not require medication or needles! Called sublingual immunotherapy or “SLIT,” this no-shot asthma and allergy treatment has been utilized for over 80 years and accounts for about 50% of allergy treatment in Europe.
How does it work? Simple drops under the tongue introduce allergens to the immune system in a very dilute solution. Over time, the allergen concentration is slowly increased in the drops, allowing for retraining of the immune system. Immunotherapy is the only treatment proven to alter the underlying allergic disease instead of just its symptoms.