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University of Utah's Diabetes Prevention Workshop
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
May is Asthma
and Allergy Awareness Month: Control your Asthma so it Doesn’t Control You!
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has declared May to
be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month”. May is a peak season for those
with allergies and asthma. In Utah 1 in 10 adults has asthma and 1 in 15
children have asthma. Asthma does not have a cure, but it can be controlled
through proper management strategies.
The two best things you can do to manage your asthma are to
take your medications as prescribed and reduce your exposure to triggers.
What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung
disease that is caused by inflammation in the smallest airways of the lungs.
This inflammation makes the airways extra sensitive, which could spark an
asthma attack if a person is exposed to asthma triggers. In an asthma attack,
three main things are happening in the lungs: Increased inflammation, increased
mucus production, muscle constriction
around the airways. These things make it
near impossible for a person with asthma to breathe! Common symptoms of an
asthma attack include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Tickle in the throat
- Chest Tightness
Learn how to notice warning signs of a severe asthma attack by watching
Asthma Medications - Asthma medications are designed to alleviate these symptoms and open up the airways again. Here are the two main types of asthma medications:
- Controller Medications: These medications should be taken daily (if prescribed), and they
work to reduce the inflammation that is experienced daily in a person with
asthma. This medication drastically improves asthma control in a couple big
ways. First, if that inflammation is reduced, there is more space for air
through the lungs. Additionally, it reduces the sensitivity in the airways,
which would reduce the likelihood a trigger would spark an attack. This is a
slow-acting inhaler, which is why it is prescribed to be taken daily. It won’t
help alleviate symptoms during an asthma attack.
- Rescue/Quick-Relief medications: These medications are taken when a person is experiencing asthma symptoms and work to relieve the muscle constriction around the airways. This should alleviate asthma symptoms within 5-10 minutes, but if the
symptoms persist despite multiple puffs of your rescue inhaler, that is an
indication that the other two issues not addressed by the rescue (inflammation
and mucus) are bigger problems. At this point, it is important to seek medical
attention - doctors can give steroids that will reduce the inflammation and
open up those airways more than the rescue inhaler itself could.
- Watch this video to help you understand the basics of asthma medications.
Asthma Triggers - It is important to know your triggers. Triggers are different for
everyone and can change over time. There are a wide variety of asthma triggers
that can cause that chain reaction of increased inflammation, mucus production,
and muscle constriction. Here is a list of the most common triggers:
- Pet dander
- Extreme temperatures
- Air pollution
- Respiratory infections
- Pests: cockroaches and mice
Once you know your triggers, it is best to stay away from them to avoid an asthma attack.
Tips and Resources to Improve your Asthma Control -
Track your asthma
control using this tool:
Reduce your exposure to
triggers using this checklist.
Make sure you are taking
your medications correctly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Get an updated asthma
action plan: Take this form to your doctor for them to fill out.
Call the Utah Asthma Home
Visiting Program: Asthma is a complicated
disease to manage. If you’d like more information or are interested in
our Utah Asthma Home Visiting Program, please call 385-468-5250 or email email@example.com.
Pedal Palooza 2018
A bicycle and sports safety festival for the whole family!
Join us Saturday, May 19, 2018 for Healthy Herriman's eleventh
annual Pedal Palooza! This popular, family-friendly event is held each year to
promote health, fitness, fun and cycling safety. There are lots of great events
for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Whether you're an expert biker
or a four-year-old cyclist with training wheels, Pedal Palooza has something
Pedal Palooza will be held at Butterfield Park (6212 W. 14200
S.) in Herriman.
Activity stations include:
- Helmet safety check
- Children’s Bike Rodeo
- Helmet decoratingNew Link
- Bike and scooter raffle
- Bicycle safety inspection
Activity stations will go from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. HELMETS ARE
REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION. Parking will be available at the event, but
residents are encouraged to ride their bikes!
Please visit our website for more information: http://pedalpalooza.infinitecycles.com/
National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week is approaching
fast! Check out nphw.org/nphw-2018
for more information, including events, tool-kits, and tips for staying healthy.
Each day, the American Public Health Association will be focusing on a
Monday: Behavioral Health: Advocate for and promote
Communicable Diseases: Learn about ways to prevent
Environmental Health: Help to protect and maintain a
Injury and Violence Prevention: Learn about the
effects of injury and violence on health.
Ensuring the Right to Health: Advocate for everyone’s right to a healthy life.
Use the hashtag #NPHW to promote what
you’re doing to lead a healthier lifestyle!