Most of us look forward to spring after hibernating indoors all winter. We enjoy getting out and walking about, enjoying the blooming flowers and budding trees. But if you have asthma or allergies (or both), spring pollen season can take a toll on your lungs. The same goes for ragweed in the fall. Seasonal pollens in the spring and fall can trigger asthma symptoms by increasing airway inflammation causing someone to wheeze more during these peak seasons.
If seasonal pollen is a trigger for your asthma, it is best to stay indoors when pollen levels are high, particularly during the morning hours. Keep windows closed to prevent pollens getting into your home or car. When you have been outside, take a shower and wash your clothes to remove residual pollens once you are back indoors. Most importantly, always remember to carry your rescue inhaler with you should it become difficult for you to breath or you start to wheeze while enjoying the outdoors.
Allene Harrison, NP‐C