Spring is notorious for worsening asthma and allergy symptoms, but did you know summer can be just as bad, for some sufferers? If you’ve noticed you experience more asthmatic symptoms as the temperatures rise, look out for the potential triggers below.
Poor Air Quality
Air quality is at its poorest in the summer. Smog, exhaust fumes and pollutants all contribute to increased levels of ozone that aggravate those with asthma. Check the air quality each day before spending extensive time outdoors and opt for indoor activities if levels are unhealthy or hazardous.
The south is famous for our summer thunderstorms, which can also increase ozone levels and lower air quality. The rainfall that often comes with thunderstorms can increase mold, and the wind can make mold spores and pollen go airborne.
High temperatures put the body under increased stress. For those with asthma, this stress can cause the airways to swell and tighten, resulting in an asthma attack. It can also make asthma sufferers more sensitive to other triggers, such as dust or pet dander.
Pay attention for the above potential asthma and allergy triggers, and if you find your symptoms flaring up, take extra precautions every time you experience one of these factors. For example, if you think heat is causing your symptoms to worsen, avoid the hottest parts of the day, and spend your time indoors with air conditioning. You should also stay inside whenever an ozone advisory is in effect.
While taking the precautions above can help lessen the effects of asthma triggers, we recommend seeing a specialist if your symptoms continue to get progressively worse. Request an appointment with any of the exceptional asthma and allergy specialists at Baptist Health to create a treatment plan – and enjoy your summer to its fullest.