Calculator Helps Those With Allergies, Asthma Take Control

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If you’re one of the 40 million Americans with allergies or asthma, your sniffling, sneezing and wheezing that may seem like just a nuisance can add up to unnecessary years of not feeling well.

Nearly half, or 43 percent, of people with allergy and asthma symptoms who participated in a recent survey conducted on behalf of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) reported that they experience breathing difficulties or other asthma and allergy symptoms for two months to six months a year -; which can total 12 years to 36 years of suffering during a lifetime.

To find out how much you could be suffering, plug your stuffy stats into the ACAAI’s new allergy and asthma symptom calculator at

An allergy is an overreaction to a typically harmless substance. Certain foods, medicines, pollen from trees and grasses, dust mites, pet dander, molds and insect stings are common allergens. Allergy symptoms range from minor to severe and include sniffling, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, congestion or coughing. Asthma is a condition that inflames and narrows the airways. Common asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing.

“Allergy and asthma symptoms keep millions of people from feeling their best every day,” said allergist Richard Gower, M.D., ACAAI president. “But there’s no need to suffer. An allergist can work with you to find the cause of your symptoms and help you find allergy and asthma relief with effective treatment.”

Eight in 10 patients in another recent ACAAI survey said taking matters into their own hands with self-medication falls short of being “very effective.” The survey found that those who had seen an allergist were nearly three times more likely to say their allergy and asthma treatment was effective than those who took over-the-counter medicine.

In addition to the Lifetime Symptom Calculator, offers information about allergies and asthma, including real patient stories, an e-newsletter, an Allergist Locator and a free, personalized Relief Plan to help visitors better understand their conditions.

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