Having asthma can be scary and dangerous when it's not kept in check, and having allergies can just be plain annoying. Having them both can cause some serious problems, and they often go hand-in-hand. Many people who have asthma can have a more difficult time during allergy season, which occurs mostly during the spring and late summer.
The pollen count across the country has been high, and you can see when it is the highest by keeping an eye on the weather forecast. Pollen is a very unavoidable allergen. It's outside coming off of the trees and the grass, and the tiny pollen spores fly through the air. They can get on your clothes, your hair, and on your pets while they're outside.
Short of sealing yourself inside of a plastic bubble, you can't escape them. There are, however, plenty of things you can do to prevent yourself from having an asthma flare-up, or from suffering with a running nose and itchy eyes.
Tips for Preventing Allergic Reactions
The first thing to focus on, is avoiding asthma triggers, which are the pollen spores, in this case. Make sure you have an allergy medicine prescribed by your doctor that is strong enough to at least cover most of the symptoms.
Having to take the allergy pill every day can start to become a problem with some brands, which can start to have bad side effects. Common side effects from allergy meds can be drowsiness, even if they say Non-drowsy. They can also cause dizziness, sleeplessness in some brands, dry mouth.
If you do need to take meds, take them late at night. This will take care of some of the drowsiness, and cover you for the early morning, when pollen counts are the highest.
Take a shower and change your clothes as soon as you get in for the day. The pollen spores will be on your clothes and in your hair, as well as on your jacket and shoes. Give the things you can't throw in a hamper a wipe down with a wet cloth to get rid of the pollen spores.
Tips for Controlling Your Asthma
Make sure you are taking your control inhaler every day, or at least when your doctor tells you to. Your doctor might find it necessary for you to use it only during allergy season. Be sure to take it whenever you are supposed to.
If you have a rescue inhaler, make sure you have plenty of doses and refills waiting for you, and to keep it on you at all times. Having more than one is helpful, so you can keep one in your car and one next to your bed, for example.
It's important for asthmatics to live in a clean environment. Pillow covers and a mattress cover on your bed will help prevent allergy-triggered attacks. Vacuum your carpet and upholstery once a week with a vacuum cleaner that has HEPA filters. Use a wet rag to dust hard surfaces, which gather not only dust, but other airborne allergens.