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Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month: Asthma test

To bring awareness of asthma and allergies, StormTracker 12 Meteorologist James Parish was tested for asthma at BreatheAmerica. (Source: Meteorologist James Parish/KSLA News 12) To bring awareness of asthma and allergies, StormTracker 12 Meteorologist James Parish was tested for asthma at BreatheAmerica. (Source: Meteorologist James Parish/KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has declared May National Asthma Awareness Month.

May is typically the peak time of the year for people who have asthma and suffer from allergies.

To bring awareness of asthma and allergies, StormTracker 12 Meteorologist James Parish was tested for asthma at BreatheAmerica.

His test results showed he does not have asthma but many Americans do.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma affects over 24 million people and more than 50 million people have all types of allergies: pollen, skin, latex and more.

"[Allergies and asthma are] the most common chronic condition diagnosed in children, so this is a very important group of diseases," Dr. David Kaufman. "[Asthma] can be very serious. We still have fatalities from undiagnosed or undertreated asthma."

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 10 people die a day from asthma.

Dr. Kaufman said there are four symptoms of asthma: a dry cough, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breathe.

Doctors suggest people should get tested for asthma if they think they have any of the four symptoms.

The symptoms of asthma can be very similar to other respiratory illnesses.

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