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Asthma Awareness Day

May 05, 2019

DOH-Miami-Dade Recognizes Asthma Awareness Month

Communications Office

Miami, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes May as Asthma Awareness Month along with May 7th as World Asthma Day.

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in the lungs and continues to be a serious public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 24 million people, including over 6 million children, have asthma. 

In support of Asthma Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County’s Healthy Homes, Lead and Asthma Program (HHLAP) will distribute asthma related educational materials and will provide asthma education to the community at the Health District Center located at 1350 NW 14th Street, Miami, Florida 33125 on May 7, 2019. 

Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs and if not well managed can result in repeated episodes of coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, loss of sleep and even death. Individuals can manage their asthma by knowing what may trigger an asthma attack and the physical warning signs of an attack. Common triggers include second-hand smoke, mold, dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, pollen, strong odors, colds and flu, and in some instances exercise, stress, cold air and certain foods. When asthma sufferers know their triggers, they are able to avoid these elements and reduce the likelihood of an attack. 

Although asthma cannot be cured, it is critical to take the necessary steps to reduce asthma attacks. Successful management includes knowing the warning signs of attack, avoiding things that may trigger an episode and following the advice of your healthcare provider.

Further information regarding asthma awareness can be found at the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County’s website or by calling 305-470-6877. 

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