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Health Department Recognizes May as Asthma Awareness Month

May 6, 2011
 
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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is working with the Asthma Coalition of Mississippi to educate Mississippians on the triggers of asthma and how those with the disease can properly care for themselves.

Asthma is a disease which causes the airways of the lungs to tighten and swell. Its symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. While asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Things that can cause asthma attacks are called triggers.

"Approximately 79,000 Mississippi children suffer from asthma," said Dr. Lynn Walker, Pediatric Clinician at MSDH. "One of the main triggers of an asthma attack is exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Dust and pet dander are also known to cause attacks. Limiting exposure to these triggers can help control asthma attacks."

Other triggers of asthma attacks can include: exposure to pollen and mold; cold, flu or respiratory infections; cockroaches; climate changes (weather, temperature, etc.); and food allergies. In recognition of Asthma Awareness Month, the following events will take place:

Asthma Super Saturday
Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Women's Hospital Education Room 1
4566 South Eason Blvd.
Tupelo
Asthma screenings and information will be provided. Please bring asthma medications.

Asthma Super Saturday
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Mississippi Children's Museum
2145 Highland Drive
Jackson
Asthma screenings and information will be provided. Free admission.

The Asthma Coalition of Mississippi is funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health.


Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667

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