Summer brings more outdoor activities, warmer weather, and for some, an increase in asthma symptoms during the summer. The pollen, heat, and humidity that mark summer weather can mean misery for asthmatics, but there are ways to combat the triggers while still enjoying fun in the sun.
Know Your Asthma Triggers
If you suspect an underlying allergy, talk to your doctor about potential treatments. Even those who aren’t allergic to mold, pollen, and dust may find themselves dealing with more symptoms in the summer months. Heat and moisture exacerbate mold growth and dust mite populations. If the increases in pollen, dust, mold, and other irritants in the air tend to trigger symptoms, consider staying indoors on “high pollen count” days as much as possible.
Understand Heat and Humidity’s Effects
While heat alone may not trigger symptoms, breathing hot air combined with the increase in humidity that often accompanies it puts an extra strain on the lungs. Avoid heavy outdoor exercise during the day’s highest temperature peaks. Instead, run errands and do yard work in the cooler morning and evening hours. Swimming is an often-suggested exercise for asthmatics, but be aware that chlorine may also aggravate symptoms.
Talk to Your Doctor
Summer asthma symptoms are not an inevitable part of the season. If you’re experiencing more symptoms, talk to your doctor about adjusting your dosage or medication schedule accordingly. While you can avoid some triggers by taking steps like staying indoors during the hottest hours of the day, a seasonal medication adjustment may increase your comfort and provide you with the ability to enjoy more of summer’s warm days.
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If you have any further medical questions regarding your asthma or any other issue, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Alpha Care. We are dedicated to providing you with top notch medical care and meeting all of your needs!