|Autumn Asthma Triggers
Author: Alres Dinnall, RN, M.Ed
Does your asthma worsen this time of year?
Autumn is one of the worst times of year for allergy and
asthma sufferers. Visit your doctor for an asthma tune-up
before symptoms get out of control.
||WHAT YOU CAN DO
||Close windows during early morning hours when levels are highest.
|COLD WEATHER & SUDDEN DROPS IN TEMPERATURE
||Cover nose & mouth with a scarf, and dress warmly.
|MOLD FROM DECAYING LEAVES
||Dont play in leaves or stir them up.
|WOOD BURNING STOVES & FIREPLACES
||Close windows in the evenings when most people use these.
||Dust with a dampened cloth. Encase mattress and pillows in dust-proof covering-available at many retail stores. Use vacuum with HEPA filter and clean filter often per manufacturers instructions.
||Bathe pets weekly. Do not allow pets in bedrooms or on upholstered sofa.
|COLDS, FLU & RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS
||Stay away from people with colds. Get proper nutrition to maintain a healthy immune system. Talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL WITH ASTHMA
- Give a copy of your childs Asthma Action Plan to the school nurse and teacher.
- Find out the school policy for carrying and using rescue inhalers.
- Ask if the school nurse is present all day, every day. If children are not allowed to carry inhalers, ask how they get access to medicine.
- Inform teachers about your childs asthma, and where to find the rescue inhaler.
- Ask: Does the school have an emergency plan for taking care of a child with a severe asthma episode? Are your childs teacher and classmates aware of the plan?