4 Things Your Allergist Wished You Knew
Education & Research If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from asthma and allergies, knowing how to improve the way you react to triggers is key to managing your symptoms this spring.
If you grew up prior to the 1980s, you may not have known many people who suffered from allergies or asthma, much less had food allergies. Now, thanks to increasing prevalence, greater awareness and improved diagnosis, everyone has friends or families who are concerned with allergy and asthma triggers. Nasal allergies affect about 50 million people in the United States, and the numbers are rising, affecting as many as 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children. Meanwhile asthma affects 26 million people, including 7 million children.
With so many people affected by these conditions, the doctors who are specially trained to treat them— board-certified allergists—want you to know there are ways to cope and improve how you react to the triggers that surround you and your loved ones.