Nationwide Asthma Screening Begins

  • The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI for short) launched their 11th annual Nationwide Asthma Screening program this week.

     

    23 million Americans, including 9 million children, know they have asthma. But many others may also have it, yet haven't been diagnosed. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?

    • You have trouble breathing when you walk or do simple chores
    • You wake up at night, coughing over and over
    • Your chest frequently feels "tight" or you have trouble breathing in a deep breath

    If you or your child have symptoms like those described above, asthma could be the culprit. But other conditions can sometimes have similar effects, so the only way to be really sure is to be screened for asthma.

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    Thanks to this nationwide program, adults and children of any age can be screened for free at one of more than 300 sites around the US. Screening is quick and pain-free; it will include the following 3 steps:

    1. Filling out a questionnaire
    2. Taking a breathing test
    3. Talking with a physician who is an asthma specialist

    More than 100,000 people in the US have been screened for asthma through this program in the last 11 years. Sites are currently scheduled in 32 US states and Washington DC. More may be added throughout May. But if you can't find a screening near you, you can always complete the online screening tests at the ACAAI website. They have versions for both adults and kids.

     

    Tests are even available in Spanish!

     

    Once you've taken the test, you can print it off and bring it to your doctor for further discussion. Why is this important?

     

    Well, you're encouraged to nail down whether you truly have asthma if you haven't received an official diagnosis yet. The reason for this is to that you can begin the proper treatment. There are some really effective asthma medicines available these days, and asthma can usually be well-controlled when you take these medications. Asthma no longer interferes with living an active, fulfilling life.

     

    So make sure you get your free asthma screening while you can this year. Or, if you've already been diagnosed with asthma, you can also attend a screening session to find out how well controlled your asthma is. You may gain some valuable insights into how well your airways are actually working.

     

    The Nationwide Asthma Screening Program is co-sponsored by 2 asthma organizations that offer asthma support and education--the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

     

    To learn more about this year's screening initiative, visit the ACAAI website:

    http://www.acaai.org/public/lifeQuality/nasp/index.htm

Published On: April 19, 2007