National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Date: May 1- May 30, 2022

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month began in 1984 and is sponsored through the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA).

Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe.

Allergies are one of the most chronic diseases. It occurs when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it causing an allergic reaction.

  • Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lung airways that causes coughing, chest tightness, and a shortness of breath.
  • 8.3% of Americans have asthma
  • Asthma prevalence is higher in children (9.4 percent) than in adults (7.7 percent).
  • Asthma results in 439,000 hospitalizations and is 1.3 million emergency room visits annually
  • Asthma is the most chronic illness in childhood
  • More than 3,500 people die of asthma each year
  • Asthma symptoms can be triggered by exposure to an allergen
  • Asthma is often hereditary
  • There sis no cure for asthma
  • Weather conditions such as extremely dry, wet or windy weather can worsen an asthma condition.
  • About 32 million Americans have food allergies
  • About 24 million Americans have hay fever

Ways to bring awareness:

Educate yourself by downloading a factsheet: AAFA Asthma Facts and Figures April 2021

Use tools to educate family, friends, school and work

Follow on organizations on social media

Order a T-shirt

raise money and donate to a nonprofit organization

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Information


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American- Awareness Month Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources


Mayo Clinic

United States Environmental Protection Agency- Resources


Updated 9/23/2020