The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that one in every 12 Americans (eight percent of the U.S. population) has asthma. Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs causing the airways to narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Typically, asthma starts off in children and stays with a person throughout their life, but asthma can be triggered at any age.
In the summer, individuals suffering from asthma may be more prone to attacks. People may think that because the air is fresher and the weather is nicer they may not need to continue using their asthma medication, but this is not true. Asthma attacks can occur in the summer months, especially when air is humid, which makes it difficult to breathe.
Here are some tips to prevent asthma attacks in the summer months.
Get a check up
Even if you haven’t had any major asthma attacks it’s always a good idea to get a check-up. You can also start prepping for the upcoming fall season. The doctor may also provide you with a refresher course on how to take your medication properly.
Know and avoid triggers
An easy way to prevent asthma attacks is to know and avoid triggers. For some, the trigger might be dust, for others it’s pollen. Although these triggers may not always be avoidable, by recognizing what your trigger is you can plan your day accordingly or bring appropriate inhalers and medications with you.
Whether you enjoy your daily stroll, or partake in more strenuous exercise, always ensure you’re ready with an inhaler – especially if you complete these activities outdoors. Be mindful of pollen counts and humidity for the day. If these factors are high it’s a good idea to avoid outdoor activities.
Be prepared when traveling
If you’re traveling, don’t forget to always pack your asthma medication. Furthermore it may be a good idea to bring your own pillow. Many hotels or bed and breakfast locations may not have hypoallergenic pillows making it difficult for you to breathe. Packing your own pillow can ensure you sleep well and still enjoy your travels.
These four tips will help ensure you avoid an asthma attack and can still enjoy summer.
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