While we enjoy the springtime air, it's important to remember asthma triggers also are in the air. May is National Asthma Awareness Month. More than 25 million Americans - including over 67,000 in West Virginia - currently have asthma. It is a serious, life-threatening disease, but the below steps can help keep asthma under control:
Also, the CDC's National Asthma Control Program, of which West Virginia is a recipient, has helped reduce asthma deaths and hospitalizations since 1999, but is in danger of being cut unless Congress continues its funding.
There is no better time than now - National Asthma Awareness Month - to learn to control asthma and contact Members of Congress to save the National Asthma Control Program.
To learn more about asthma, visit www.lung.org/asthma.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Deb Brown is president and CEO American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic region.