Asthma & Allergy Awareness MonthDid you know that, thanks to the AAFA, May is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month? Because it’s a peak season for allergies, there’s no better time than now to educate Americans about asthma and allergies. In order to do our part for spreading awareness we want to share some interesting facts about asthma and allergies. Is there anything in our list you didn’t know before? No Place is Safe from Allergies There is a myth that some areas of the United States are completely allergy-free, meaning those who dwell in certain regions don’t suffer from allergy symptoms. But according to a recent study allergies and allergens are present in every area of the country. It was found that some areas have higher sensitivities to certain allergens than others. For example, it was found that the West has more sensitivities to grass and ragweed, while the East is more sensitive to mold and dust mites. But sensitivities to all allergens were found in every region. Asthma and Allergies often Go Hand-in-Hand Many allergy sufferers also have a condition called Allergic Asthma. Allergic Asthma is when a person’s airway is obstructed or inflamed due to an allergic reaction. Many people that suffer from allergies often show signs of allergic asthma as well. Allergy triggers such as inhaling dust mites, pollen, or pet dander will cause symptoms associated with asthma as well as the usual allergy symptoms.Asthma symptoms often experienced with allergic asthma include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Symptoms Are Often Caused By Allergens You Can’t Even See During this time of year you can often see pollen drifting through the air, so while it’s annoying, it’s no surprise that you’re sniffling and sneezing. But most of the time allergens aren’t even visible to the naked eye, or they are lingering somewhere they can’t be seen. This is especially true for indoor allergens. Dust mites, pet dander and even pollen will often cling to fabrics and fibers in your home. These allergens can even sink deep into the fibers of your couches, chairs and even your mattresses. These hidden allergens in the home can cause symptoms that last around the clock and can make even just trying to sleep a difficult task. You Can Protect Yourself from Allergy & Asthma Symptoms With More than Just Medication Many allergy sufferers use prescription or over-the-counter medication to control their allergy symptoms. While medications can be very helpful, they only help control allergy symptoms, not the allergens themselves. There are many products and methods you can use to help protect you from lingering allergens and avoid severe symptoms from allergies and asthma. One of the best ways you can protect yourself from allergens in your home is to line your bed with a zippered mattress cover and use other allergy bedding products. This will help protect your bed from dust mites, pet dander and other allergens. The tightly woven material of these products will keep allergens from sinking into the fibers of your mattress and bedding, keeping you from suffering from symptoms while you sleep.