Think you May Have Allergies or Asthma? Get Screened, for Free
Apr 15, 2013 - 1:58:01 PM
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) will offer free screenings throughout the year, especially during the month of May, as a part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The screenings, sponsored by Teva Respiratory, will be held at about 100 locations throughout the nation.
The program is designed to help properly diagnose those with allergy and asthma symptoms that can include a runny nose, sneezing, trouble breathing and wheezing with a quick, painless assessment. It also helps those already diagnosed understand if their condition is properly controlled.
"Allergies and asthma can often be misdiagnosed and undertreated which can be harmful to sufferers" said allergist John Winder, MD, chair of the ACAAI Nationwide Asthma Screening Program. "The program is designed to help eliminate underdiagnoses by offering free testing for those that believe they may have one, or both, of the conditions. The screening and follow-up treatment can drastically improve patients' quality of life."
During the screening, allergists test participants for three criteria:
If a participant is showing signs of one or more conditions, the allergists will answer their questions and discuss next steps to find relief. Board-certified allergists are the best-trained health professional to perform allergy testing, and to treat both allergic diseases and asthma conditions properly.
"Allergies and asthma are serious diseases that cost Americans more than $27.3 billion every year," said Dr. Winder. "Anyone with these conditions should be able to feel good and receive proper diagnosis of their condition. No one should expect less."
If screenings cannot be attended, those that are experiencing allergy and asthma symptoms can use an online Allergy and Asthma Symptom Test to find relief. Screenings are scheduled in communities across the country and added throughout the year. The online symptoms test and a list of screening locations can be found by visiting www.acaai.org/nasp.
The ACAAI is a professional medical organization of more than 5,700 allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes. For more information and to find relief, visit www.AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org
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