How to Manage Your Asthma in the Summer

There is no good time of year for asthma. Those who suffer from this lung condition might have more pronounced symptoms during certain months, but there is always a chance of exacerbation if the conditions are just right. For many of us, summertime is that perfect storm.

For adults and children with this disease, the excitement of summer can come to a screeching halt at the first attack of the season. When we’re outside in the abundance of blooming flowers, grasses, and trees, it is easy to forget that our lungs cannot handle the influx of pollen and dust. Our airways will close up and breathing can become difficult within minutes.

Be Prepared for an Attack

Few things are scarier to a mom or dad than to see our child struggle to breathe. Holding a toddler in a steam-filled bathroom gives new meaning to being a parent. There are some ways to help minimize the middle-of-the-night steam baths or rushing to the ER.

  • Always have an inhaler on hand. A child who is old enough to administer a puff to herself needs to make sure she always has her medicine within arm’s reach.
  • Hot air can dry out breathing tubes and make taking a breath more difficult. Ironically, too much outside humidity can also be a bad thing. Children and adults alike who have asthma should stay inside during the hottest part of the day. It is a good idea to keep an eye on pollen levels in the area, too. This can help determine if we want to let our kids play outside.
  • In order to keep indoors safe for all affected. It’s important to have your air ducts cleaned periodically. An air purifier can also help.
  • We’ve all heard this before but drinking lots of water or other non-caffeinated beverages helps keep us hydrated and airways moist. A humidifier or vaporizer can be used as well.

Keep Summer Fun

One of the best ways to keep summer enjoyable is to stay healthy. This can be easier to do if we keep a few things in mind. Nothing is as important in life as being able to take a breath.

Ready to discuss your asthma with our board-certified doctors? Contact us at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia today at (404) 994-3574 to book your appointment.

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