Category: Asthma

Spring And Asthma

SPRING IS HERE!
Most people love spring, unless they have allergies or asthma and allergies. Plants are blooming, most people look forward to the temperature is rising . Unless one has allergies or asthma that presents another issue.

According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America

  • More than 50 million Americans have experienced various types  of allergies each year.13
  • Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.1
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 13 people have asthma.1

Pollen is one of the most common triggers of  seasonal allergies.  Every spring and summer plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. This pollen is carried by the wind to other plants which causes humans and animals to breathe it into their nose leading to the respiratory system.  More than 2 million emergency room visits  each year are related to asthma.  

Keeping Pollen At Bay

In an article on  WebMD  titled Spring Asthma the author Kara Mayer Robinson outlines 7 ways to keep pollen at bay.  

I suggest you read it when you have a chance.  Remember to avoid the outdoors from 5:00 am to 10:00 am when the pollen counts are highest.  

Know Your Asthma Triggers

People with asthma have inflamed airways which are sensitive to things which may not bother other people. These things are “triggers”.  Avoiding your triggers is the best way to reduce your need for medicines and to prevent costly asthma episodes.  

If you don’t know what triggers  your asthma this article titled; ” What Triggers or Causes Asthma” maybe helpful.

Have An Allergy and Asthma Management Plan

Having both an allergy and asthma management plan is the key to preventing allergic reactions and asthma symptoms.  I also recommend that you work with your doctor to help you create an easy plan for you to manage.  

  • Take any medications as prescribed
  • Know which medication to take and when to take it
  • Know when to call your doctor
  • Know when to seek emergency medical care

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AH SPRING!  May the sunshine upon your face and you take time to smell the flowers along the way.  

Here’s to having a healthy and happy spring.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

 

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