Asthma symptoms typically seem to get more severe as winter turns to spring, but you don't need to unnecessarily suffer with asthma symptoms all spring. In fact, there are several actions you can take to help increase your respiratory health.
According to Kathleen MacNaughton, R.N., each of the following suggestions can help reduce asthma symptoms, even if you typically suffer from the effects of asthma.
Watch Pollen Counts
Stay aware of what the pollen counts in your area are and you will be able to minimize asthma symptoms. Usually your local news forecast will share this information with you. You also can find information on sites like pollen.com.
Vacuum and Dust Surfaces In Your Home Often
Dust collects on furniture in your home pretty consistently. If you have flat furniture, such dressers and bookshelves, be sure to dust these surfaces more regularly. Getting the dust out of your home will help decrease suffering from asthma symptoms. Wearing a mask as you clean also could be helpful.
Stay Indoors on High Pollen Days
You'll need to determine for yourself how important it is to reduce asthma symptoms, but one sure way to do it (should you choose) is to try to stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen days. Warm, windy days are when the pollen counts are highest and your asthma symptoms might be most severe. Damp or cooler days are likely to be easier on your asthma.
Use the Air Conditioner
It night be more cost efficient to open a window in your home or in the car when the temperatures start to rise, but all of that pollen that is outdoors will then enter your home or your car. Your best bet is to simply use the air conditioner to ensure that you are staying safe and healthy — even if you do have to pay a few extra dollars to do so.
Change Your Clothes
If you must be outdoors on a high pollen day, there is no reason why those asthma symptoms that cause you so many problems need to stay with you throughout the course of the day. After returning home, take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes. This will help reduce the likelihood that the pollen stays with you for the remainder of the day.
Of course, anybody with asthma symptoms should see a doctor, but following these few suggestions can also help minimize risk.
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