Asthma: The Seasons of Suffering

What triggers your asthma? Many people will say, “It’s the weather!”.

As spring approaches and pollen is at an all-time high, allergies often account for a good majority of asthma flare-ups. You may notice that your allergy symptoms are more apparent in the morning hours during the spring season. This is because pollen levels are highest in the morning. Avoiding long periods of time outdoors in the morning, sleeping with your windows closed and avoiding things like fresh cut grass can help reduce flare-ups.

Summer time brings a bit of relief in symptoms, which us asthma sufferers can appreciate. Pollen counts tend to be much lower in the summer and the dreaded cold and flu season has yet to rear its ugly head. However, days of high heat and humidity can also take a severe toll on some asthmatics. Humid air is heavier, trapping pollutants and causing breathing to be very difficult for some.

Fall brings the start of cold and flu season along with a spike in asthma symptoms. Children are back in school, which can be a hotbed for cold and flu viruses. People with asthma may discover cold and flu symptoms to be a trigger for an attack. Making it a priority to stay healthy and paying attention to pollen counts will make fall a little easier for those with asthma.

The cold, dry air that winter blows in can aggravate asthma symptoms as well. Wearing a scarf when venturing outdoors to protect the nose and mouth will help to warm the air that’s being inhaled. During the winter months, time spent indoors in extra warmth and humidity can lead to problems with triggers like dust mites and mold. Don’t keep the house too warm and always clean and replace furnace filters before turning on the heating system.

If you or someone you love is seeking a new treatment option to manage symptoms associated with asthma, a research study may be the answer. Florida Pulmonary Research Institute is currently enrolling patients into a clinical study that may allow qualified participants to receive access to new medications before they are available on the market. Participants often learn how to better manage their symptoms from medical professionals and are seen by board-certified physicians. Compensation is also available for time and travel expenses to those who qualify.