May is Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month. Were you aware that...


  • 10 – 30% of adults in the U.S. have allergic rhinitis

  • More than 25% of households are affected by allergies

  • A single Ragweed plant can release 1 million pollen grains in just one day

  • In children, if left untreated, nasal allergies can lead to facial growth issues and orthodontic problems

  • If both your parents have allergies, your risk of developing allergies is greater than 50%

  • 90% of all fatal food allergic reactions are from peanuts and nuts— Don’t take this allergy lightly!

  • Allergy shots (immunotherapy injections) are the only “disease-modifying” treatment for environmental allergies; the effect can be long lasting, even after the injections are discontinued.

  • Honey bees sting once (barbed stinger), while yellow jackets, wasps and hornets can sting multiple times (no barb on stinger)….. yikes!

  • Penicillin allergy resolves spontaneously in 75% of patients after 15 years of avoidance—- good news!

  • IgG testing for allergies is inappropriate and wastes your time and money


  • The most effective treatment for persistent asthma is inhaled corticosteroids, i.e. Qvar, Asmanex, Pulmicort...

  • Patients only take their corticosteroid inhalers 44 – 72% of the time.

  • Mold allergy is a risk factor for severe, life-threatening and fatal asthma— Good info to have!

  • During pregnancy, a mother’s asthma may get better (⅓), worse (⅓) or not change in severity (⅓)

  • You don’t have to have an “attack” to have asthma; symptoms can be subtle and variable.

  • Some people with asthma only cough and do not have wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness.

  • Only 10% of children and adults have correct inhaler technique (doctors are not much better!)

  • Most children who develop asthma have symptoms before 3 years old.

  • Study finds 65%-75% of asthmatic adults have an allergy.

Feel free to use these facts in trivia games or water cooler conversations. Awareness precedes enlightenment!