Free Asthma Screenings Across US For Kids, Adults

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In honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, both kids and adults can participate in free asthma screenings beginning now and continuing throughout the year, depending on the location. About 200 asthma screening sites have been chosen in cities across the country.

The asthma screenings are sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, with the participation of Teva Respiratory, LLC. More than 30 states plus the District of Columbia have established screening sites and dates. You can locate the one closest to you by checking the calendar.

During an asthma screening, participants will be asked questions about their symptoms, take a simple breathing test that involves blowing into a tube, and speak with an allergist about the results. The allergist can help people determine whether they are at risk for asthma, and for kids and adults who already have the disease, the screening can help them determine if their disease is under control.

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Allergists are paying special attention to kids and adults who have breathing problems associated with exercise. This condition, known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) affects 10 percent of Americans. Eighty to 90 percent of people who have asthma also have EIB. Symptoms of EIB include shortness of breath, coughing, tightness in the chest, unusual fatigue, wheezing, and trouble getting a breath.

The reason allergists are looking closely at EIB symptoms is that “any of these symptoms can be signs of asthma,” according to allergist John Winder, MD, chair of the Nationwide Asthma Screening Program. “If you’ve experience these symptoms or just want to make sure you have good control of your asthma, attend a free screening and find relief.”

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that about 34.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma by a healthcare professional at some point during their lifetime. Of those, 9 million are children younger than 18. Worldwide, asthma affects about 300 million people, and it is estimated this number will increase by more than 100 million by 2025.

Once it is diagnosed, asthma can be treated with a variety of therapies, including medications, breathing exercises, herbal remedies, and other options. The free asthma screening program being offered to kids and adults can be the first step for individuals who are looking for answers and relief.

SOURCES:
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology

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