When you or someone you care for suffers from asthma or seasonal allergies, it can be useful to connect with others who are having similar challenges. You may find it reassuring to know that others have been able to address their symptoms, and you may learn useful techniques for living life as richly as possible.
An allergy and asthma support group may help. We’re going to take a look at just a few support groups, try to identify the differences between them and where their efforts overlap. As always, consult with a professional health care provider regarding the best care and lifestyle choices for your unique circumstances.
While you’re at it, ask them about the quality of their pollen counts!
- Hay Fever and Asthma Support Group (Facebook): Users of this FB group post statistics, memes, stories and insights into the lives of those who have seasonal allergies. Monitored by Helen Weir, a hypnotherapist in England. Posts occur anywhere from a few days to 30 days apart (more frequently with allergy season). 238 likes/follows
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (Facebook): The AAFA (a non-profit founded in 1953) has a relatively large community (approximately 150,000 likes/follows), posts a majority of days of the week (many linking to their website) , and hosts relevant fund-raising events. They also post videos, often multiple times a month.
- Asthma and Allergies in Children Support Group-USA only (Facebook): This FB support group, as the name suggests, focuses on the problems that young sufferers of allergies and asthma have. It’s an active page, with multiple posts a day and over 2000 members. It’s what Facebook calls a “closed group,” meaning you’ll need to answer a few simple questions and agree to obey the rules before they allow you to contribute to their page.