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May is Asthma Awareness Month

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Have you been coughing or wheezing lately with spring pollen in the air? It may not be just allergies, you might have asthma. According to the CDC, Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases.

Doctors say May is a peak time for some of the triggers for asthma, making breathing difficult for millions of people. Flowering trees, grass, mold, and flowers are just some of the triggers that can cause symptoms to flare up.

But one local doctor says there are a few things you can do to lessen the symptoms.

"If you're now having to go out and mow the yard and you have really bad allergies and mold problems, possibly wearing a mask might be a benefit to you," said Dr. Richard Saalborn, the Medical Director for Blessing's ER.

Dr. Saalborn also says you should take your inhaler prior to exercising. And remember, if you suffer from significant asthma, you shouldn't take aspirin because it could cause an allergic response.

But what are some signs you MIGHT have asthma and not even know it?

"Shortness of breath, wheezing, exercise intolerance. A lot of times people who are, say playing football or Spring athletics, they're out playing soccer and they get real short of breath with certain exercise types of things," said Saalborn. 


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