Spring often means more time outdoors, and this year more than ever, most Canadians can’t wait to get out. However, for one in four Canadians, spring symbolizes the beginning of allergy season. While exposure to allergens this spring can trigger asthma flare-ups, there are many things you can do to stay healthy:
Keep taking your prescribed medications
Make sure you are adhering to your prescribed asthma medications. Daily compliance with treatment has a positive effect on long-term asthma control and can reduce asthma symptoms and risk of an asthma attack.
Consider allergy medications
Over-the-counter medications can be very effective in managing allergy symptoms. Speak with your healthcare provider about options like nasal sprays, decongestants, eye drops, and allergy testing.
Plan ahead for heading outdoors
Outdoor air carries many triggers, so make sure you are checking the pollen count and air quality health index before outdoor activities, as well as showering and changing clothes after being outdoors. Additionally, carrying your asthma medication during all outdoor activities is crucial.
Find ways to reduce your exposure to allergens
When pollen counts are high, consider closing any doors and windows, and avoid drying clothing outside. If indoor physical activity is not available, pace yourself and reduce exertion levels.
Ask for help when you need it
Refer to your Asthma Action Plan if your symptoms are becoming more frequent, and always reach out to your healthcare provider when necessary.
Allergy season may be difficult, but there are things you can do to stay healthy and enjoy spring! Reach out to Asthma Canada’s Asthma & Allergy Helpline if you have questions about your asthma/allergies.