5 Tips For Handling Asthma During the Summer

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Asthma doesn’t go away during summer vacation, no matter how much you want it to. Hot, humid air can be a problem for asthma sufferers. Humid air heightens the moisture level, so the air is damp, heavy, and hard to breathe. Mold, which is a common asthma trigger, grows faster in humid temperatures.

Take special precautions during the summer months to handle your asthma and enjoy the warm weather season.

1. Keep an eye on the weather

Don’t get surprised by the weather. Heat and humidity can combine with pollutants, creating something known as ground-level ozone. This type of ozone triggers asthma in some sufferers.

Download an app that gives you the local air quality health index and pollen count. If it’s a particularly hot day with high amounts of pollen or other triggers, plan indoor activities.

2. Stay hydrated

It’s important for everyone to be aware of their fluid intake in hot and humid weather. Asthma sufferers in particular are at greater risk of experiencing asthma symptoms if not adequately hydrated. When you’re dehydrated, you may start to breathe heavier, which is a trigger for asthma. Drink up whenever you can.

3. Pick appropriate chores

Your lawn may need mowing and the weeds pulling, but these chores can be a serious trigger for an asthma attack. If you can, hire a service to take care of your yard. If that’s not an option, pick days to work on your yard that aren’t high in pollen or mold counts. Even if your grass gets a little long, your health is worth it.

4. Stay cool

Be sure not to overheat. If your home is hot at  night, use air conditioning to bring the temps down. Keep the windows closed to deter pollen and mold from entering and triggering asthma symptoms. Air conditioning cleans, cools, and dries the air, making it suitable for you to breathe.

If you’re stuck outside, jump into a pool or body of water for a cooling swim. Stay in the shade and minimize exercise in the heat of the day.

Staying cool is important for your asthma medication, too. Keep your inhaler out of the direct sunlight. Don’t store it in a super-hot location either, like a glove box.

5. Be an early riser

Enjoy the outdoors before 10am, when pollen counts tend to rise. Schedule activities early in the morning. Not only is it cooler, but the air quality is better. You can enjoy swimming, jogging, yardwork, hiking, and sitting on the deck early in the day.

The expert team at Washington Healthcare Center can help you endure worsening symptoms that occur during hot and humid weather. If breathing problems make it difficult for you perform normal activity, seek medical help.

We can ensure all your medication is available and up-to-date. Plan ahead so you’re always ready to address asthma symptoms.

Our office is available to help. If you have questions about how to manage asthma and allergies as summer rolls around, call our Pasadena office or book an appointment using this website.

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