May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It’s a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.

Many asthma and allergy sufferers wear a medical ID jewelry in order to communicate their condition during an emergency. This information is critical for first responders to provide quick and accurate treatment.


26 Ways to Take Action during Asthma and Allergy Month

1.Change your profile picture on social media and like the AAFA on Facebook and Twitter,
2. Request a free “fundraising kit” to see how you can help raise funds for asthma and allergy patients.
3. Print and share Basic Facts about Asthma and Basic Facts about Allergies handouts.
4. Make a donation in honor of a loved one living with asthma or allergies.
5. Sign up for a free quarterly newsletter, mailed to your home or office, filled with information about asthma, seasonal allergies, food allergies, back-to-school tips, educational materials, and much more.
6. Subscribe to AAFA’s free monthly e-newsletter, filled with information about asthma, seasonal allergies, food allergies, back-to-school tips, educational materials, and much more.
7. Sign up for Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) FREE online community.
8. Print and share KFA’s So What’s the Big Deal About Food Allergies with your child’s school, friends, and others.
9. “Like” KFA on Facebook, and “follow” on Twitter and Instagram to stay up in the loop on awareness messages and events.
10. Add your child’s photo to KFA’s annual Faces of Food Allergies photo-sharing event.
11. Share your family’s favorite food allergy recipe to our newly redesigned recipe database.
12. Sign up for KFA’s e-newsletter for news, recipes, food ideas and event announcements.
13. Offer inspiration, support, understanding and hope by sending invitations to join KFA’s online community to someone whose child is newly diagnosed.
14. Write a review about AAFA on Great Nonprofits.
15. Learn about AAFA’s biomedical research programs.
16. Stay informed about legislative developments by joining an Action Network.
17. Look for an AAFA chapter in your area to see how you can get involved.
18. Look for a support group in your area. If there are none, ask about starting your own!
19. Test your knowledge of anaphylaxis by taking the What’s Your AQ? quiz.
20. Subscribe to Allergic Living Magazine.
21. Learn more about AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly Certification program.
22. Request a free packet of educational information.
23. Visit the Spanish-language website,, or share the link with your Spanish-speaking friends.
24. Learn about participating in clinical trials.
25. Register for an upcoming webinar or take a look at an archived one.
26. Take advantage of AAFA’s free Ask the Allergist service, or recommend it to others who may be able to use it.

For more information, visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

About Amanda Beck

Amanda Beck writes for American Medical ID on a variety of topics relating to health care and healthy living, especially for those whose medical conditions warrant an emergency ID.