Free Asthma Screenings Offered in Honor of Asthma Awareness Month
Sandra M. Gawchik,
During Asthma Awareness Month each May, adults and children with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath can find out if they are at risk for asthma through the annual Nationwide Asthma Screening Program. The program, sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACCAAI), has screened an estimated 115,000 people and referred more than half for further diagnosis over the years.
As part of this nationwide effort, Crozer-Keystone board-certified allergist Sandra M. Gawchik, D.O. will offer a free screening program on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in the Main Lobby.
In addition to helping identify people at risk for asthma, the screening program helps those who already know they have asthma but may be limiting their activities or missing days of school or work because of the disease.
Allergists encourage anyone who is experiencing breathing problems or uncontrolled asthma to attend a screening. The screening program participants will:
- Answer a short Life Quality or Kids Asthma Check survey to help determine if they have asthma or if their asthma is under control
- Take a lung test that involves blowing into a tube
- Meet with an allergist
The Pediatric Asthma Task Force of Delaware County (PATF) will also be recognizing Asthma Awareness Month by sponsoring an Asthma Awareness Fair at the Chester Charter School for the Arts for grades 4-7. Crozer-Keystone pediatric pulmonologist Vatsala Ramprasad, M.D. will be covering the event and Zalika Shani, MPH, MCHES, program manager of the Chester Home Asthma Prevention Program and Kids Asthma Management Program, will provide support.
“Asthma is the most common chronic disease among school-age children,” says Shani. “Our Asthma Awareness fair is important because these activities help students understand that asthma can be controlled. Students with asthma appreciate the importance of self-management by learning more about such things as ways to control triggers, and other students can be more supportive of their peers with asthma.”
For more information or to find a physician who’s right for you, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) or visit http://www.crozerkeystone.org