Asthma and Allergies

When allergy season is here

The first step in dealing with your allergy symptoms is to determine which allergens are triggers for you. Pollen and mold spores are common allergy triggers. The best way to cope is to minimize your exposure by staying inside during the peak periods — the early morning and on windy days when more pollen and mold is carried through the air. Before planning outdoor activities, check the pollen and mold forecast in your area.


Dealing with Allergy Season

Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma. Steps you can take to reduce symptoms:

Indoors

  • Dust, vacuum, and wash bedding often to control mites.
  • Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter and wear a mask when cleaning.
  • Reduce pet dander by keeping pets out of the bedroom.
  • Shut windows and doors to reduce pollen.
  • Reduce mold spores by decreasing moisture in your home with dehumidifiers, air conditioners and fans.

Outdoors

When the pollen count is high, keep these tips in mind to prevent outdoor allergies during peak season.

  • Stay inside during peak pollen times, usually between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • Keep your car windows closed when traveling.
  • Stay indoors when humidity is high and on days with high wind, when dust and pollen are more likely to be in the air.
  • Wear a facemask if you are outside to limit the amount of pollen you inhale.
  • Shower after spending time outside to wash away pollen that collects on your skin and hair.

If you are concerned with an increase in your asthma and allergy symptoms, contact your primary care provider or allergist for more information.