May Is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.
More Than Asthma, More Than Food Allergies
More than 60 million Americans overall have asthma and allergies.
- About 26 million Americans have asthma (19 million adults and 6.2 million children)
- About 32 million Americans have food allergies (26 million adults and 6 million children)
- About 21 million Americans have hayfever, rhinitis or nasal allergies (20 million adults and 5.6 million children)
These numbers paint a picture of how many people in the U.S. are managing asthma and allergies. But they don’t paint a picture of the overall impact these diseases have on people and communities.
These conditions can be challenging to manage. But it’s important to remember your condition doesn’t define you.
This year, we want to help dispel the myths and help others see beyond the disease. Let’s share how you are more than asthma or more than food allergies. Maybe you are a friend, teacher, professional, athlete, artist, adventurer or advocate.
We invite you to use our resources and tools below to spread awareness throughout May. Here are just a few ways you can be a part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month:
- Participate in AAFA’s photo contests: More Than Asthma (hosted on our asthma support community) or More Than Food Allergies (hosted on our Kids With Food Allergies support community)
- Support AAFA through fundraising to help us continue our mission.
- Use social media to tell your story and share information about asthma and allergies.
- Attend and invite others to attend our virtual awareness events.
- Participate in research and clinical trials to expand treatments.