May Is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and MCS Awareness Month

May Is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and MCS Awareness MonthMay is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, as well as MCS Awareness Month. That means it’s time to test your knowledge of asthma, allergies, and multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS):

  • Did you know that an estimated 60 million people are affected by allergies and asthma? That’s more than Parkinson’s, coronary heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes combined.

  • Did you know that asthma is one of the most common serious chronic childhood diseases and the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15?

  • Did you know that MCS symptoms can be triggered by perfumes, candles, food preservatives, flavor enhancers, fresh paint, cleaning compounds, personal care products, and more?

  • Did you know that MCS symptoms include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, memory problems, respiratory problems, mood changes, muscle pain or stiffness, diarrhea, or even changes in heart rhythm?

  • Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that one-third of people working in sealed buildings claim to be sensitive to one or more chemicals?

  • Did you know that there is no known cure for allergies, asthma, or MCS? Prevention is the best way to control reactions.

  • Did you know that maintaining clean indoor air quality in your home can help control allergy, asthma, and MCS symptoms?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you are well on your way to being an allergy, asthma, and MCS guru. If these questions shed some light on mysterious symptoms experienced by yourself, a family member, or a friend, then now is a great time to learn more about allergy, asthma, and MCS diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Take a look at the MCS Event Planning Kit for ideas on promoting MCS awareness. You can also visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for a variety of ideas on education, fundraising, and support.

You should also check out our newly redesigned Learning Center for wealth of resources on allergy and asthma treatment and prevention options, as well as MCS solutions. You can also find buying guides to help you choose the best indoor air treatment solution for your home and family.

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  1. Pam

    60 million people are affected by allergies and asthma?–is that in the USA or in the world? What’s the estimated number of MCS sufferers?

  2. Ivey

    Hi Pam! I apologize that it has taken so long for me to respond to your comment. The 60 million people affected by allergies and asthma is referring to the US population.

    As far as the number of MCS sufferers, this number varies widely. MCS America estimates that 48 million Americans suffer from MCS. However, in her NY Times Bestseller Our Toxic World, Dr. Doris Rapp estimates that 74 million Americans suffer from MCS and 10 million of those sufferers have acute symptoms.

    That’s a lot of people affected by airborne contaminants and odors!

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