Asthma and allergies are conditions that impact millions of Americans.
In the San Joaquin Valley, one of six children have asthma, one of the highest rates in the state of California.
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, a month dedicated to educating people about the conditions.
While pollen and air pollution can make symptoms worse, there are many indoor triggers that are less known.
“It becomes a habit for us to see our homes as a safe space,” said Central California Asthma Collaborative Policy Advocate Angela Islas.
The CCAC’s free program called the Asthma Impact Model, or AIM, focuses on addressing indoor air quality concerns. Through the program, volunteers from CCAC will visit homes and provide a free indoor air quality inspection. They look at things like air filters, cracks in the walls or floors and leaks near pipes. All those problems could be triggering you or your family’s asthma or allergy symptoms.
Allergy Institure Medical Director Dr. A.M. Aminian said while asthma and allergies may not be curable, thanks to modern medication, you can find relief.
“Allergies and asthma are controllable. We have many things we can get the symptoms under control and get a normal life back to the patient,” said Dr. Aminian.
To learn more about AIM click here.