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Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's a peak season for those with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate yourself, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.
There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Ten people a day die from asthma. Asthma affects more than 24.5 million Americans. More than 6 million children under the age of 18 have asthma. More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more. The rate of allergies is climbing.
Is it Asthma? Download the guide.
- A good YouTube video for older children & Teens that explains How Does Asthma Work.
- How to use the New Qvar RediHaler for age 4 years & older
- Printed Instructions on using Qvar RediHaler
Asthma spacers or holding chambers:
This Quest for the Code YouTube Video teaches children all about asthma.
Online Version: The Asthma Control Test for Age 12 and older.
Print Version: The Asthma Control Test for Age 12 and older.
Online Version: The Asthma Control Test for Ages 4 through 11 years old.
Print Version: Childhood Asthma Control Test for children 4 to 11 years Know your score.
600,000 Albuterol Inhalers Recalled
GlaxoSmithKline is recalling more than 590,000 albuterol inhalers. Three lots of Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers have been voluntarily recalled due to a potential issue with the delivery system, a spokesman for the British pharmaceutical company said.
The affected lot numbers are 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944 and 6ZP9848. The devices have been recalled from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers in the United States.
"There is possible risk that the affected inhalers could potentially not deliver the stated number of actuations," spokesman Juan Carlos Molina wrote in an email. "We continue to investigate the issue in order to identify the root cause and implement appropriate corrective and preventative actions."
It's not a patient-level recall, but patients whose inhalers are among the affected lots can contact GSK's customer service center at 1-888-825-5249 with questions. If the devices are not relieving symptoms, patients should seek medical treatment right away.
When functioning properly, the metered-dose inhaler releases a fixed dose of medication in aerosol form.
Metered-dose albuterol inhalers are used to deliver medication into the body through the airway and lungs. Albuterol opens airways in the lungs to treat common conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.