Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

Why Does My Asthma Worsen Over the Summer?

Why Does My Asthma Worsen Over the Summer?

Treating Summer Asthma Symptoms

Whether from an increase in humidity or related to your allergy symptoms, there are a few reasons why your asthma could be worse throughout the summer months.

Keep reading to learn more about your symptoms, and how our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help.

Warm Weather and Your Asthma

Hot, summer weather can be a trigger for your asthma symptoms — especially here in Georgia. Why? Because breathing in hot air can cause your airways to narrow, leading to shortness of breath. Mix this with pollutants and allergens, and it’s no surprise that your asthma symptoms are worse.

Summer Allergy-Induced Asthma

Unfortunately for patients who suffer from spring and summer allergies, the time of year that they may want to be outside the most is the hardest time to spend outdoors due to their symptoms.

If your allergies are triggered by certain allergens that are especially prevalent in June, July, and August, here in Georgia, you're more likely to have asthma attacks during those months.

Here are some of the most common triggers that could increase your likelihood of having an asthma attack related to your allergies:

  • March - June: Tree pollen is high.
  • May-early June: Grass pollen is high.
  • June: Outdoor mold spores peak, then decrease after the first frost.
  • August - fall: Weed pollen is high.

Environmental Asthma Triggers

While warm weather and allergies can trigger your asthma, did you know that other environmental factors such as smoke and ozone can also make your symptoms worse?

 

We all love a good campfire over the summer, but smoke carries fine particulate matter that can get into your airways and greatly impact your asthma. Typically, we spend more time around bonfires and barbeques over the summer, which equals a higher probability of an asthma attack.

 

Ozone, on the other hand, is a product of atmospheric chemicals and sunlight. Some studies suggest that increased levels of ozone as the summer days get longer could have a negative affect on your lungs.

Treating Your Asthma at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

No matter the cause of your asthma flare-ups, you can trust our board-certified team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to help you find relief.

 

Our highly-qualified medical team will work closely with you to develop an individualized care plan which targets your asthma symptoms. Request a same-day or next-day appointment for a Telemedicine or in-office visit at any of our Metro Atlanta locations via phone at (770) 285-5200 or online via our contact form.