Las Vegas Urban League WIC Ready To Advise During May Asthma Awareness Month

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LAS VEGAS - May 1, 2023 - PRLog -- During Asthma Awareness Month, the Las Vegas Urban League Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) counselors can help you identify if you are experiencing asthma symptoms, and aid in developing ways to both treat and live an otherwise healthy lifestyle.

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases in children, and affects many adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, coughing at night or early morning.

"If someone in your immediate family (genetic) has asthma, you are more than likely going to develop it," WIC Flamingo West Clinical Coordinator Lawanda Torres said. "Being exposed to things called triggers in the environment can cause sudden asthma attacks. Learning how to avoid exposure to these triggers goes a long way to controlling attacks. Our WIC counselors in collaboration with our health care provider network can help you come up with a plan to reduce the discomforts of asthma and live a healthier lifestyle."

Common asthma triggers include exposure to tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroach allergen, pets, molds, smoke from burning wood and flu infections.

Besides recognizing and avoiding these triggers, your doctor can help you control asthma with medications such as quick-relief inhalers or prescription pills. Seeing your physician when symptoms first occur will greatly reduce the discomforts of asthma.

The CDC has created an "Asthma Action Plan" to follow by keeping your own record. Please follow this link to download the plan: https://tinyurl.com/4vra22xm

For more information and advice on how to control asthma, visit Las Vegas Urban League WIC at www.wiclv.org or its two convenient locations: 6480 W. Flamingo Road, Suite B, Las Vegas, phone (702) 227-1573 or 3320 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 50, Las Vegas, phone (702) 476-9561.

The Las Vegas Urban League Women, Infants and Children Program is a 501c (3) program that is funded by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

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