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The Fall and Asthma
It's that time of year in Utah. The leaves are turning to bright orange, yellow and vibrant red, the temperatures are beginning to drop, and asthma attacks are starting to flare up.
What are some reasons the fall leads to increased asthma attacks?
- Temperature change from warm to cold can act as a trigger.
- Turning on forced air heat can stir up dust and mold particles around ducts and vents in the home.
- Cough, cold, and flu season ushers in a wave of upper respiratory tract infections.
- Pets spend more time indoors and expose allergic inhabitants to higher levels of dander.
- Fireplace wood or gas burning increases indoor air pollution.
- Poor compliance to controller medications becomes more apparent as the above triggers set in.
5 Tips to help you manage your asthma and allergy care as fall arrives:
- Prepare your home. During colder months, set your thermostat to a warmer temperature. Clean to reduce allergies. Keep pets outside your bedroom at all times. If you’re in a warmer location, this is a good time to have your air conditioner cleaned.
- Know how your indoor and outdoor allergic triggers change in the fall. Try to prepare for your seasonal allergy symptoms as far in advance as possible. Check with your doctor about how seasonal changes may affect your allergies.
- Dress for the weather change. Stay mindful of the air outside. Temperatures may shift, so bring extra layers and stay comfortable.
- Check in with your doctor. Your doctor will help you adjust your asthma action plan and medications as needed.
- Receive your recommended vaccinations. The fall months are often associated with flu, pneumonia, Tdap and shingles.
Learn more about Fall and asthma at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website.