Blooming flowers may be a beautiful sight, but for asthma sufferers the springtime can mark worsened symptoms. Being aware of your triggers and risk factors can help you reduce asthma symptoms and allow you to enjoy the warmer weather.
Dr. Linda Rogers, director of the clinical asthma program at Mount Sinai-National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, said, “Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. While there is no cure for asthma, a personalized care plan including appropriate medications and education on triggers and proper care techniques can prevent attacks from occurring, helping patients lead a full and active life.”
During an asthma attack, airways begin to narrow, restricting the airflow causing, which makes breathing a challenge as a result. Common asthma triggers include cigarette smoke, pollution, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, cockroach allergen, and mold.
Working closely with your doctor can help you make a plan for the springtime to ensure you reduce your risk of asthma attacks and properly manage your condition without complications.