BEWARE OF BLOOMING SPRINGTIME!
Alres Dinnall, RN, M.Ed.
The winter thaw is upon us. Trees begin to bud and we prepare to spend more time outdoors gardening, playing sports, and enjoying warmer weather. With all its beauty, however, springtime can cause problems for people with asthma. Doctors have reported that they see more patients for asthma flare-ups in the spring than at any other time of year. So beware of blooming springtime and take precautions to keep your asthma under control!
Try the helpful suggestions listed below.
SPRINGTIME ASTHMA TRIGGERS
- Increase in mold spores
- Tree and grass pollen levels peak, and last longer because of milder winters
- Increase in dust mite count due to increasing humidity levels
- Seasonal springtime allergies kick in which can aggravate asthma
- Air pollution tends to rise in springtime
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO TAKE CONTROL
- Close car & house windows to keep pollen out
- Limit time spent outdoors when grass and tree pollination are highest
- Take allergy medication as prescribed
- Take daily asthma controller medication(s) as prescribed
- Keep rescue inhaler close at hand at all times
- Monitor peak flow level daily
- Use air conditioning or dehumidifier to decrease indoor humidity, clean filters regularly
- Control dust inside by using damp cloth to dust surfaces
- Use vacuum cleaner with dust capturing filter (read manufacturers labels)
- Wear a mask over nose and mouth when dusting indoors and gardening outdoors
- Clean ceiling fan blades before starting them up for the season
- Use caution not to stir up dust and wear a mask when unpacking spring/summer clothes, and when doing spring cleaning