Los Angeles-area allergists will conduct free asthma screenings as part of the Nationwide Asthma Screening Program beginning Tuesday in Marina del Rey. The program is a yearly event sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It's a great opportunity for people who have limited health resources to be checked for this pernicious illness. More than 23 million Americans have asthma. Many people have the disease and yet have never been diagnosed and treated.
"With the right diagnosis and treatment, including medication, anyone with asthma can be active, Dr. John Winder, chair of the Nationwide Asthma Screening Program, said in a news release. "No one should accept anything less. If you've experienced these symptoms or just want to make sure you have good control of your asthma, attend a free screening and find relief."
The screening will include a 20-question questionnaire, a lung function test and a consultation with an allergist.
Upcoming screenings include:
- Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Marina del Rey Medical Offices, 4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey
- May 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bravo Pharmacy at Superior Grocers, 7316 S. Compton Ave.
- May 25, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Calle Mayor Middle School, 4800 Calle Mayor, Torrance
Click for a list of asthma screening locations and dates and for more information on asthma.
-- Shari Roan
Photo: A woman listens to instructions before taking her lung function test at a free asthma screening. Credit: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology