Tips to Control Your Asthma This Spring

Along with medications that help keep your airways open, avoiding activities or substances that trigger attacks is vital to managing asthma. Unfortunately, that can become more difficult in the spring.

Dr. Ignatius Medani is an internal medicine specialist who directs a busy medical practice, Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine, in Federal Way, Washington. He has significant expertise in designing effective treatment strategies for his patients with asthma and offers insight about how to control asthma during the spring.

Why would asthma worsen in the spring?

There are numerous activities and substances that can trigger an asthma attack, many of which are more difficult to avoid in the spring than in the winter.

Common asthma triggers include:

Increased pollen counts in the spring, participating in warm-weather sports, and even a spring-cleaning routine that stirs up dust and dander can worsen your asthma symptoms.

Ways to control asthma in the spring  

There is no cure for asthma, but we can develop a treatment strategy that keeps yours under control and helps prevent a life-threatening asthma attack. General guidelines for controlling asthma in the spring include implementing the following trio of strategies.

1. Identify your triggers

One of the first steps we take in treating your asthma at Sound Internal & Aesthetic Medicine is to help you accurately identify your asthma triggers and find ways to avoid them.

Your triggers may be obvious, such as exposure to tobacco smoke. However, you may also be sensitive to smoke from campfires, outdoor barbecues, and other air pollutants associated with popular springtime activities.

2. See the doctor and take your medications as directed

Once he’s identified your triggers, Dr. Medani also develops a personalized asthma action plan to manage your asthma for the long term.

This may include maintenance medications that you take daily and what’s known as a “rescue inhaler,” which is a fast-acting medication that helps you breathe during an asthma attack. For exercise-induced asthma, he may recommend pretreating with an inhaler before you begin your workout.

If your asthma worsens in the spring, Dr. Medani may also alter your asthma treatment plan to address your springtime symptoms and maintain good control.

You may find it tempting to stop or even forget about your maintenance medications when you’re feeling well. Don’t. Stopping routine medications can worsen your asthma.

Also remember to carry your rescue inhaler along with you on those springtime hikes, picnics in the park, and camping adventures. These life-saving inhalers are small and slip easily into a purse or jacket pocket.

3. Keep pollen and dust outside where they belong

Closing your windows and wiping down sports gear before bringing it indoors are simple steps you can take to help avoid triggering an asthma attack when pollen counts are high.

Other ways to manage indoor pollutants that can worsen asthma symptoms include:

Don’t forget to close your car windows when traveling or running errands, and try scheduling your outdoor activities during times when pollen counts are low. Pollen counts are usually at their highest from 5-10am and on warm, dry days.

If you have allergy-induced asthma, Dr. Medani may also recommend allergy treatments to keep your symptoms under control.

For a sound treatment plan that keeps your asthma under control in the springtime and throughout the year, schedule a visit with Dr. Medani today. 

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