Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America starts the summer by declaring a National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, the idea being that it helps allergy sufferers remember that the end of Spring and beginning of the Summer is a “peak” season for asthma attacks and allergies.

Raising awareness about allergies and asthma is important because:

1. Asthma is particularly hard on children. According to the Clean Air Council, about 5 million children in the U.S. have asthma. Because they’re so active – and because they spend so much time outside – they’re more at risk this time of year.

2. Allergies and asthma can be hard on adults too. People with compromised immune systems – be they elderly or suffering from a chronic illness – experience undue stress due to allergies, which are easy to mistake for a cold or the flu. Not to mention that everyone who suffers from allergies suffers. It’s no fun.

3. There are a lot of things you can do to reduce allergy and asthma triggers. Cleaning and/or replacing the filter in your air conditioner or swamp cooler is a great way to reduce risk…but did you know your car may have a similar filter?

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